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PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMCHATSKY, May 30. /ITAR-TASS/. The strategic nuclear-powered submarine of Project 955 (Borey class) Alexander Nevsky will arrive in Kamchatka before the end of the current year, Commander of the Eastern Military District of Russia Colonel General Sergei Surovikin said on Friday at a visiting session of the military council.
“In accordance with the Russian Defense Ministry’s instructions, the construction of the facilities of the first priority stationing site should be completed by October 2014, and the Alexander Nevsky submarine will start the combat training program before the end of the year,” he said.
“The Vladimir Monomakh submarine will also arrived in Kamchatka after factory trials,” Surovikin added.
According to him, an on-site audit has shown the facilities high readiness for receiving new nuclear-powered submarines. All the facilities should be completed on schedule.
The construction of special berthing and other special facilities, as well as dwelling houses for the submarines’ crewmembers is underway on the town of Vilyuchinsk in Kamchatka. Two houses are already prepared for the submarine crewmembers and their families.
In 2012, shipbuilders of the Sevmash shipyard delivered to the Russian Navy the Yuri Dolgoruky submarine - the head vessel of Project 955 Borey, and in 2013 - the first series vessel of this project - the Alexander Nevsky submarine. In 2006 and 2012, Sevmash laid down the third and fourth submarines of the class - Vladimir Monomakh and Knyaz Vladimir (the first vessel under the improved project 955A). Vladimir Monomakh is expected to be adopted for service in the Russian Navy in 2014.
The Borey class strategic nuclear-powered missile submarines were designed by the Rubin Central Design Bureau for Marine Engineering (St. Petersburg). Their main weapon is the new missile system Bulava. Each submarine of Project 955 will carry 16 solid-propelled R-30 “Bulava” intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) with the flight range of more than 8,000 kilometres, equipped with 10 multiple independently targeted re-entry vehicles (MIRV).