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MOSCOW, February 27. /TASS/. Construction of the third Project 677 Lada-class submarine will be resumed on March 19, the Submariner Day in Russia. The boat will be named Velikie Luki, a source in the High Command of the Russian Navy told TASS on Friday.
According to previous reports, the third Lada-class submarine was to be named Sevastopol.
The source said that Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy, Admiral Viktor Chirkov will attend the ceremony that will be held at the St. Petersburg-based Admiralty Shipyard.
Cpnstruction of the head submarine of Project 677 - the St. Petersburg - was started in 1997, and in 2010 the Navy started its operational testing. The construction of the second and third submarines, laid down in 2006 - 2006 has been suspended. A defense industry source told TASS previously that the contract on the completion of the third Lada-class submarine was renewed in late 2014. According to him, second and third submarines of the series will be delivered to the Navy in 2017 and 2018.
Surface displacement of the Lada-class submarine - 1,760 tons, is somewhat less than that of the Varshavyanka-class submarines (Project 636 - 2,300 tons). Full submerged speed of Lada-class submarines is higher - 21 knots [against 19 knots of Varshavyanka subs]. Lada-class is the fourth generation of non-nuclear low-noise submarines.