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MOSCOW, November 21. /TASS/. The third strategic Borey-class nuclear-powered submarine Vladimir Monomakh of Project 955 will be officially adopted for service in the Russian Navy on December 19, a high-ranking Russian defense source told TASS on Friday.
“St. Andrew’s flag (Russian Navy Ensign) on the Vladimir Monomakh sub is to be hoisted on December 19,” the source said.
The acceptance act on the third Borey-class submarine is planned to be signed on December 10, he added. However, the strategic missile submarine will be officially commissioned within the Navy only when the Russian Navy Ensign is raised.
The Vladimir Monomakh submarine on September 10 this year successfully carried out a single launch of the Bulava ballistic missile from the White Sea on a target at the Kura range in the Far Eastern Kamchatka Peninsula.
The Borei-class submarines are designed by the St. Petersburg-based Rubin Design Bureau for Marine Engineering. These submarines armed with the Bulava intercontinental ballistic missiles with nuclear warheads are intended to become the backbone of Russia’s naval strategic forces for the coming decades. By 2020 it is planned to build a total of eight Borei-class submarines: 3 subs under Project 955 and 5 - under Project 955A. Each submarine will be armed with 16 Bulava missiles.