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Sevmash to maintain advanced Russian nuclear-powered submarines in Kamchatka

October 08, 2015, 17:55 UTC+3 ARKHANGELSK
"The first team of maintainers has been dispatched to the naval base there", the shipyard’s press office said
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ARKHANGELSK, October 8. /TASS-DEFENSE/. Russia’s major shipyard, Sevmash, in Severodvinsk will soon set up a field office in the town of Vilyuchinsk at the Kamchatka Peninsula to service advanced nuclear-powered submarines, the shipyard’s press office told TASS on Thursday.

"The division will perform warranty maintenance of fourth-generation nuclear-powered submarines," the press office said. "The first team of maintainers has been dispatched to the naval base there. It includes personnel from the submarine warranty and servicing, building commission facility and quality management departments."

The governmental resolution dated December 25, 2014 appointed Sevmash the sole contractor responsible for the maintenance of the advanced Borei-class nuclear-powered submarines. "The first boat of the family, the Alexander Nevsky, has arrived at its home station in the Pacific recently," the shipyard said.

Sevmash is building two kinds of fourth-generation nuclear-powered submarines now, these being Project 855 Yasen hunter/killers and Project 955 Borei boomers. The defense procurement program also provides the construction of eight Borei-and Borei-A-class ballistic missile submarines. The boats carrying cutting-edge Bulava intercontinental ballistic missiles are intended as the backbone of the naval leg of Russia’s nuclear triad for upcoming decades. The Project 955 Borei-class lead ship, the Yuri Dolgoruky, and the first production submarine, the Alexander Nevsky, built by Sevmash, came into the Navy’s inventory in early and late 2013 respectively. The third boat in the class, the Vladimir Monomakh, was commissioned late in 2014. As many as three Project 955A Borei-A nuclear-powered submarines are being built by Sevmash - the Duke Vladimir, Duke Oleg and Generalissimo Suvorov. According to the shipyard, "the orders shall be executed using domestically made components only."

Sevmash, which is a subsidiary of the United Shipbuilding Corporation, is situated on the coast of the White Sea. The shipyard’s manufacturing capacity enables it to build ships displacing up to 100,000 tons and carrying conventional and nuclear propulsion plants. The company employs over 26,000 personnel. It has built 45 surface ships and 167 submarines, of which 132 have been nuclear-powered ones.

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