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Supremacy under the sea: a glimpse at the power of Russia’s submarine fleet

March 19, 15:37 UTC+3

Russia marks the Submariner’s Day on March 19

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Project 955 Borei-class fourth-generation strategic nuclear-powered submarine Vladimir Monomakh
Project 955 Borei-class fourth-generation strategic nuclear-powered submarine Vladimir Monomakh
Project 955 Borei-class fourth-generation strategic nuclear-powered submarine Vladimir Monomakh
© Lev Fedoseyev/TASS
Borei-class submarines are armed with Bulava intercontinental ballistic missiles, which are their basic combat striking power. Photo: Yury Dolgoruky submarine
Borei-class submarines are armed with Bulava intercontinental ballistic missiles, which are their basic combat striking power. Photo: Yury Dolgoruky submarine
Borei-class submarines are armed with Bulava intercontinental ballistic missiles, which are their basic combat striking power. Photo: Yury Dolgoruky submarine
© AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, pool
Alexander Nevsky, the Borei class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine
Alexander Nevsky, the Borei class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine
Alexander Nevsky, the Borei class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine
© Vladimir Larionov/TASS
Russian Northern Fleet's Yasen-class Severodvinsk nuclear submarine
Russian Northern Fleet's Yasen-class Severodvinsk nuclear submarine
Russian Northern Fleet's Yasen-class Severodvinsk nuclear submarine
© Lev Fedoseyev/TASS
Yasen-class multipurpose attack submarines are designed to operate equally effectively against transport and combat ships and are capable of delivering cruise missile strikes against the enemy’s coastal infrastructure
Yasen-class multipurpose attack submarines are designed to operate equally effectively against transport and combat ships and are capable of delivering cruise missile strikes against the enemy’s coastal infrastructure
Yasen-class multipurpose attack submarines are designed to operate equally effectively against transport and combat ships and are capable of delivering cruise missile strikes against the enemy’s coastal infrastructure
© Lev Fedoseyev/TASS
Diesel-electric Varshavyanka (project 636.6) submarines are reputed to be one of the quietest in their class. Kalibr cruise missiles are Project 636.6’s main weapon. Photo: Veliki Novgorod submarine
Diesel-electric Varshavyanka (project 636.6) submarines are reputed to be one of the quietest in their class. Kalibr cruise missiles are Project 636.6’s main weapon. Photo: Veliki Novgorod submarine
Diesel-electric Varshavyanka (project 636.6) submarines are reputed to be one of the quietest in their class. Kalibr cruise missiles are Project 636.6’s main weapon. Photo: Veliki Novgorod submarine
© Admiralty Shipyards
One of Russia's largest nuclear submarines, Typhoon (Akula) class, which remains the world's largest with the displacement of about 27,500 tons
One of Russia's largest nuclear submarines, Typhoon (Akula) class, which remains the world's largest with the displacement of about 27,500 tons
One of Russia's largest nuclear submarines, Typhoon (Akula) class, which remains the world's largest with the displacement of about 27,500 tons
© AP Photo/ Dmitry Lovetsky
Project 677 (Lada) is the new advanced class of diesel-electric attack submarines. Photo: St. Petersburg diesel-electric submarine
Project 677 (Lada) is the new advanced class of diesel-electric attack submarines. Photo: St. Petersburg diesel-electric submarine
Project 677 (Lada) is the new advanced class of diesel-electric attack submarines. Photo: St. Petersburg diesel-electric submarine
© Ruslan Shamukov/TASS
Project 949A Antey-class submarines armed with Granit cruise missiles
Project 949A Antey-class submarines armed with Granit cruise missiles
Project 949A Antey-class submarines armed with Granit cruise missiles
© Yuri Smityuk/TASS
Project 667BDRM Delfin (Dolphin) nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine K-51 Verkhoturye
Project 667BDRM Delfin (Dolphin) nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine K-51 Verkhoturye
Project 667BDRM Delfin (Dolphin) nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine K-51 Verkhoturye
© Anatoly Semekhin/TASS
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Project 955 Borei-class fourth-generation strategic nuclear-powered submarine Vladimir Monomakh
© Lev Fedoseyev/TASS
Borei-class submarines are armed with Bulava intercontinental ballistic missiles, which are their basic combat striking power. Photo: Yury Dolgoruky submarine
© AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, pool
Alexander Nevsky, the Borei class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine
© Vladimir Larionov/TASS
Russian Northern Fleet's Yasen-class Severodvinsk nuclear submarine
© Lev Fedoseyev/TASS
Yasen-class multipurpose attack submarines are designed to operate equally effectively against transport and combat ships and are capable of delivering cruise missile strikes against the enemy’s coastal infrastructure
© Lev Fedoseyev/TASS
Diesel-electric Varshavyanka (project 636.6) submarines are reputed to be one of the quietest in their class. Kalibr cruise missiles are Project 636.6’s main weapon. Photo: Veliki Novgorod submarine
© Admiralty Shipyards
One of Russia's largest nuclear submarines, Typhoon (Akula) class, which remains the world's largest with the displacement of about 27,500 tons
© AP Photo/ Dmitry Lovetsky
Project 677 (Lada) is the new advanced class of diesel-electric attack submarines. Photo: St. Petersburg diesel-electric submarine
© Ruslan Shamukov/TASS
Project 949A Antey-class submarines armed with Granit cruise missiles
© Yuri Smityuk/TASS
Project 667BDRM Delfin (Dolphin) nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine K-51 Verkhoturye
© Anatoly Semekhin/TASS

Russia observes March 19 as Submariner’s Day, because it's submarine fleet was founded 112 years ago on this date. It was on March 19, 1906 that Russian Emperor Nicholas II included new combat ships - submarines - into the classification of naval vessels. Today, Russia’s underwater fleet consists of strategic nuclear and multi-purpose submarines armed with ballistic missiles and sea-launched cruise missiles. TASS reviews the most outstanding Russian submarines

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