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ST. PETERSBURG, August 17 (Itar-Tass) — Russia’s Black Sea Fleet (BSF) will totally renew its grouping of diesel-electric submarines of Project 636 that will be built by the Admiralty Shipyards enterprise in St. Petersburg on the order of the RF Navy. The enterprise on Friday will hold a keel-laying ceremony of the second submarine Stary Oskol of the Black Sea series. Representatives of the St. Petersburg government, the Russian Navy Command, design and engineering organizations of the industry will gather at the building slipway.
Two submarines of this series are currently at the enterprise in varying degrees of readiness, the company’s press service reported. The lead Novorossiysk submarine was laid down in August 2010. Its launch is scheduled for 2013. The first serial production boat has been named Rostov-on-Don. It was laid down in November 2011. Admiralty Shipyards’ plans include building a series of six non-nuclear submarines of Project 636, designed by the Rubin Central Design Bureau for Marine Engineering.
According to experts, submarines of this project have high performance characteristics. The length of the diesel-electric submarine if 73.8 meters, economical cruising speed range (underwater diesel operation) is 11,200 kilometers, underwater cruising range (full electric propulsion) - 740 kilometers.
Admiralty Shipyards was founded on the left bank of the Neva River in 1704. The enterprise is currently part of the United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC). Over three centuries it has built about 2,500 commercial, research and fishing vessels, military surface ships and submarines for various purposes and of various tonnage, as well as deep submergence vehicles.