On May 28th, the improved Project 955A (Borei-A) strategic nuclear-powered lead submarine Knyaz Vladimir was handed over to the Russian Navy after it successfully completed all of its sea trials.
“Today, on May 28, a ceremony was held at the Sevmash Shipyard (part of the United Shipbuilding Corporation) for signing an acceptance certificate for the strategic missile-carrying underwater cruiser Knyaz Vladimir,” the press office of the United Shipbuilding Corporation said in a statement.
The document was signed by Chairman of the State Ship Acceptance Commission of the Russian Navy Main Command Alexei Poteshkin, Sevmash CEO Mikhail Budnichenko, Chief Designer of the Rubin Central Design Bureau for Marine Engineering Sergei Sukhanov and submarine commander Vladislav Druzhin.
“The construction of the nuclear-powered submarine Knyaz Vladimir is a proof that we continue developing the best shipbuilding traditions based on the brilliant work and high responsibility of scientists, designers and shipbuilders,” the press office quoted Sevmash CEO Budnichenko as saying.
“This ship is a breakthrough in the category of strategic missile-carrying submarines. The Knyaz Vladimir features far more advanced characteristics,” he added.
Submarine commander Captain 1st Rank Vladislav Druzhin said that the crew had also completely studied and mastered how to operate the submarine during the trials and that they were ready to undertake their missions.
“The official date of its inclusion in the structure of the Navy will be the day when the ceremony of raising the St. Andrew’s [Russian naval] flag takes place for the first time aboard the ship,” he said.
The Knyaz Vladimir nuclear submarine is part of the Northern Fleet and completed its trials in the White Sea and arrived at the Sevmash Shipyard.
It carried out the basic part of its trials, including missile and underwater torpedo firings, in late 2019.
The Project 955A Borei-A class strategic nuclear-powered submarine missile cruiser Knyaz Vladimir is an improved model which represents the fourth-generation of nuclear-powered submarines for the Russian Navy.
It was floated out in November 2017. According to the data of Russia’s Defense Ministry, the sub Knyaz Vladimir is less noisy and features improved maneuvering, depth and armament control systems.
Four more Borei-A submarines are at various stages of their construction. Also, a contract has been signed for building two more missile-carrying underwater cruisers of this Project.
There are also plans to build two more Borei-A subs, to reach a total 9.
Project 955 and Project 955A submarines have been developed by the Rubin Central Design Bureau for Marine Engineering. All Borei-class submarines carry 16 Bulava ballistic missiles. They are also furnished with 533mm torpedo tubes.
There are currently 3 Project 955 nuclear-powered submarines operation in the Russian Northern and Pacific Fleets.
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