10.12.2014 Siberian Insider
The third Borei-class (Project 955 ) ballistic missile nuclear submarine, the Vladimir Monomakh, has been handed over to the Russian Navy, a defense industry source told TASS Wednesday.
A notice of acceptance has been signed at the Sevmash shipyard by a state commission, the source said.
It was earlier reported that the submarine will be officially adopted for service in the Russian Navy on December 19. Only when the Russian Navy Ensign is raised over the vessel will it officially become part of the Navy.
MOSCOW, December 30 (RIA Novosti) – Russia’s two newest ballistic missile submarines arrived at their home base in the Arctic on Monday to begin active service with the Northern Fleet, the Defense Ministry said.
The Borey-class submarine Yury Dolgoruky was commissioned in January while the second of the type, the Alexander Nevsky, entered service on December 23.
Both submarines will operate from the Northern Fleet’s main nuclear submarine base at Gadzhiyevo, Murmansk Region, the ministry said.
The Borey is Russia’s first post-Soviet ballistic missile submarine class and will form the mainstay of the strategic submarine fleet, replacing aging Typhoon, Delta-3 and Delta-4 class boats. Russia ultimately expects eight Borey-class submarines to enter service by 2020.
The third vessel in the class, the Vladimir Monomakh, is awaiting manufacturer’s acceptance trials.
The new Borey-class boats, with a length of nearly two football fields, can carry sixteen Bulava missiles, each fitted with up to ten independently-targetable nuclear warheads.
Bulava, however, is yet to be declared fully operational, following a problem with a test-firing earlier this year, a Defense Ministry high command source told RIA Novosti in November. The Borey class boats are likely to be restricted to carrying out secondary roles until the weapon is declared ready, the source said at that time.
Ballistic missile submarines comprise one leg of Russia’s strategic nuclear triad along with land-based ICBMs and the bomber force.
12.11.2013 Russian Military Technologies
The missile-carrying strategic nuclear Borey-class submarine, the Aleksandr Nevsky, may enter service with the Russian Naval Forces late November or early December. This information was presented by a spokesperson for United Shipbuilding Corporation on Friday. According to previous media reports, the Russian Navy was about to receive the nuclear submarine on November 12, 2013.
As explained by the company’s press center, the Aleksandr Nevsky submarine has fully and successfully completed all certification tests. Finishing touches are currently being put to the vessel. At the same time, in accordance with the existing requirements, the Head of the State Acceptance Commission may order a control voyage which could last for several days. Therefore, the Acceptance Act may be signed late November or early December.
“The submarine will eventually be taken to its permanent base in accordance with the plans of the Russian Naval Command,” the corporation’s press service concluded.