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Alexander Nevsky strategic nuclear submarine not to launch Bulava missile this year

August 27, 2015, 10:55 UTC+3 MOSCOW
According to the General Staff source, the Alexander Nevky will arrive in Kamchatka in early September to join the Russian Pacific Fleet
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MOSCOW, August 27. /TASS/. The Borei-class nuclear submarine Alexander Nevsky will not launch the Bulava intercontinental ballistic missile this year after arrival to the Pacific fleet, a source in the Russian Joint Staff told TASS on Thursday.

"The Alexander Nevsky will not carry out a combat training launch of Bulava on the range in the northwest of Russia this year," the source said.

A source in the General Staff of the Russian Navy earlier told TASS that the launch of Bulava from the Alexander Nevsky was planned this year from the Sea of Okhotsk on the range in the Arkhangelsk region.

The first nuclear ballistic missile submarine of the Borey class, the Alexander Nevsky, is due to arrive in Russia’s Pacific Fleet from the Northern Fleet in early September, a source in Russia’s General Staff told TASS on Thursday.

"In mid-August, the Alexander Nevsky started subglacial passage from the Northern Fleet to the Pacific Fleet for the permanent combat duty. It is expected to arrive in Kamchatka in the first week of September," the source said.

The submarine has a full allowance of ammunition — 16 Bulava intercontinental ballistic missiles.

After arriving in Kamchatka, in Russia’s Far East, the Alexander Nevsky will join the permanent readiness forces of the Pacific Fleet and will be part of the 25th division of submarines with the base in Vilyuchinsk.

The arrival of the Vladimir Monomakh of the Borey class was earlier postponed because the submarine would have no time to pass all trials and be loaded with missiles.

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