ST. PETERSBURG, August 28./ITAR-TASS/. The third Varshavyanka class submarine - Stary Oskol of Project 636.3, built for Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, will be launched at the Admiralty Wharves Shipyard in St. Petersburg on Thursday.
Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy, Admiral Viktor Chirkov is expected to attend the ceremony.
A total of six Varshavyanka class submarines will be built for the Black Sea Fleet. According to the Navy commander, the submarines “will fulfil jointly with the naval surface forces and antisubmarine aircraft complex tasks in their responsibility zone.” They will also strengthen the combat capability of Russia’s naval task force in the Mediterranean.
The head submarine of the series - Novorossiysk, was laid down in August 2010 and delivered to the fleet in the presence of Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on August 22, 2014. After a voyage to the North it will pass two-week deepwater sea trials at the Northern Fleet ranges. Rostov-on-Don - the second submarine of the project and simultaneously the first series Varshavyanka for the Black Sea Fleet, was laid down in November 2011 and launched on June 26, 2014.
The Stary Oskol submarine was laid down in August 2012, and the fourth submarine of the project - Krasnodar - in February 2014.
The laying down of the fifth and sixth submarines of the class is planned in late October this year, for the 310th anniversary of Admiralty Wharves. The submarines will be named Veliky Novgorod and Kolpino.
The Varshavyanka-class third-generation diesel-electric subs were designed by the Rubin Central Design Bureau for Marine Engineering (St. Petersburg). Dubbed by the US Navy as “black holes in the ocean,” they are almost undetectable when submerged, designed for anti-shipping and anti-submarine missions in relatively shallow waters.
The submarines, armed with torpedoes, mines and cruise missiles, displace 3,100 tonnes, reach speeds of 20 knots, can dive to 300 metres and carry crews of 52 people.