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Sevmash shipyard floats Arkhangelsk SSGN

Sevmash is building a series of six project 885M strategic nuclear guided missile submarines

MOSCOW, November 29. /TASS/. Sevmash Shipyard in Severodvinsk has floated the Arkhangelsk nuclear guided missile submarine (SSGN) of Yasen-M-class project 885M, the Defense Ministry said on Wednesday.

"On November 29, a gala ceremony was held in Severodvinsk under the supervision of Navy Commander-in-Chief Admiral Nikolay Yevmenov. The ceremony marked the completion of slipway construction of the third serial warship of the upgraded project, which is the Arkhangelsk nuclear submarine," it said.

"It is symbolic that the submarine is named after the city of military glory of Arkhangelsk, as its population contributed a lot to the development of the Navy and Russian northern regions. The Main Navy Command will continue paying priority attention to the development of the nuclear component of underwater forces, which are the guarantee of the national security in sea and oceanic directions. The construction of multirole strategic nuclear submarines is a priority in our common work with the industry," Yevmenov said adding the armaments of the submarine considerably surpass foreign analogues.

Submarine Commander Captain First Rank Alexander Gladkov broke a bottle of champagne against the hull of the Arkhangelsk. Trials will begin after the submarine is finalized at the construction embankment.

Sevmash CEO Mikhail Budnichenko said the Arkhangelsk will be moved from the pool to the embankment for final construction in the coming days. "Multirole nuclear submarines of the fourth generation have proved their combat capability and high technical characteristics. Three multirole submarines built by Sevmash are on duty at Russian sea borders," he said.

The ministry said Yasen-M-class project has upgraded radio-technical arms, equipment and materials produced by Russian enterprises. Over 400 companies across Russia are engaged in construction.

Sevmash is building a series of six project 885M SSGN. The Severodvinsk, the Kazan and the Novosibirsk have joined the Navy. The Krasnoyarsk is completing acceptance trials and has test fired Kalibr-PL and Onyx missiles.