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New Submarines Being Built

Published: July 30, 2014 (Issue # 1822)



  • President Putin watches a Northern Fleet nuclear submarine go by in Severomorsk during Sundays Navy Day celebrations.
    Photo: Mikhail Klimentyev / AP

Russia started building its three newest submarines on Sunday in the White Sea port of Severodvinsk, marking the halfway point in the countrys drive to re-establish its place as a naval power.

Speaking aboard the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier during Russias Navy Day celebrations in Severomorsk near Murmansk, President Vladimir Putin stressed the importance of the navy to Russias security and identity.

The navy, for our country, is her pride, strength and dignity, Putin said, RIA Novosti reported. Putin also pledged that the power and strength of the Russian navy will only grow.

The building of the submarines the Borei-class Knyaz Oleg, the Yasen-class Krasnoyarsk and the Khabarovsk, which appears to be an updated Yasen is part of a naval modernization program initiated by Putin.

A $700 billion military rearmament program is underway through 2020.

Also in Severodvinsk, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who oversees Russias defense industry, said the vessels were important tools in the struggle against NATO encroachment on Russian sovereignty.

Today, when the U.S. and NATO countries are trying to impose their political agenda, when they are trying to push other countries to their kneesthe factors of power become crucial, Rogozin was quoted as saying by Interfax.

At this moment, Russia is a nation that represents the axis of good, but good can only be defended by force, he added.

The two submarine classes differ in terms of their capabilities. Borei-class nuclear missile submarines are designed to strike cities while the Yasen submarines are suited to hunting other submarines and surface vessels.

Russia has already deployed two Borei submarines, the Yury Dolgoruky and the Alexander Nevsky. The third Borei, the Vladimir Monomakh, finished its sea trials on Sunday and is awaiting its official commission into the Russian navy, while the Knyaz Vladimir, the fourth vessel, is still under construction.

Eight of the Borei-class submarines will join the fleet by 2020, replacing the aging Typhoon-class submarines and the Delta-III and Delta-IV submarines, which had been the mainstay of Soviet sea-based nuclear deterrence since the 1970s.

The Boreis are five meters shorter than the 175-meter Typhoons the largest submarines ever constructed and will carry intercontinental ballistic missiles.

As for the Yasen-class submarines, the lead boat called the Severodvinsk joined the Russian navy in June. The next two Yasen-class vessels, the Kazan and the Novorossiisk, are being built.

Russian authorities hope that the two new submarines will revive the Russian navy as a player on the high seas, after it lost much of its naval might to neglect and decay during the turbulent 1990s.

There are currently 60 submarines serving in the Russian navy, RIA Novosti reported. Ten of them are strategic nuclear missile submarines, while the rest are nuclear-powered attack submarines and diesel-electric submarines, such as the Kilo.





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Friday, Oct. 24


SPIBAs ongoing Breakfast with the Director series continues today, featuring Tomas Hajek, Managing Director of the Northwest Division at Danone Russia. Hajek will be discussing collaborations between businesses from different cultures. The meeting is at 9 a.m. at the Domina Prestige St. Petersburg hotel and all who wish to attend must confirm their participation by Oct. 23.


Get your gong on at Sounds of the Universe, a concert at the city planetarium this evening incorporating six different gongs to create relaxing songs that will transport you upwards into the stratosphere. Tickets are 700 rubles ($17).



Saturday, Oct. 25


AVA Expo, the eighth edition of the event revolving around all things pop culture, returns to Lenexpo this weekend. Geeks, nerds, dweebs and dorks will have their chance to talk science fiction and explore a variety of international pop culture. Tickets for the event can be purchased on their website at avaexpo.ru.



Sunday, Oct. 26


Zenit St. Petersburg returns home for the first time in nearly a month as they host Mordovia Saransk in a Russian Premier League game. Currently at the top of the league thanks to their undefeated start to the season, the northern club hopes to extend the gap between them and second-place CSKA Moscow and win the title for the first time in three years. Tickets are available at the stadium box office or on the clubs website.



Monday, Oct. 27


Today marks the end of the art exhibit Neophobia at the Erarta Museum. Artists Alexey Semichov and Andrei Kuzmin took a neo-modernist approach to represent the array of fears that are ever-present throughout our lives. Tickets are 200 rubles ($4.90).



Tuesday, Oct. 28


The Domina Prestige St. Petersburg hotel plays host to SPIBAs Marketing and Communications Committees round table discussion on Government Relations Practices in Russia this morning. The discussion starts at 9:30 a.m. and participation must be confirmed by Oct. 24.



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