First nuclear submarine of Yasen class handed over to Northern Fleet

“Severodvinsk”, the first nuclear-powered submarine of the new Yasen class was on Tuesday handed over to the Russian Northern Fleet with a solemn ceremony. The submarine was completed at the shipyard of Severodvinsk (Arkhangelsk). According to navy chief Viktor Chirkov, the ship will begin her active service in 2014, reports the news agency RIA Novosti.

Chirkov said on Tuesday that “‘Severodvinsk’ be by the end of the year will sail to the Northern Fleet base in Severomorsk and begin to fulfill her duties.” Severomorsk is the neighboring town of Murmansk on the Kola Bay and the headquarter of the Northern fleet. According to the admiral, Russia has begun constructing the next, already fifth generation of submarines that will be equipped with advanced robotic systems.

Unlike their predecessors, submarines of Yasen-class may attack not only ships and submarines, but also targets in the coastal area, with supersonic cruise missiles. Each submarine is 119 meters long and 13.5 meters wide and has a maximum speed of up to 16 knots submerged and 31 knots over water. It can dive up to 600 meters depth with a crew of 90.

A total of eight submarines of Yssen-Class will be built for the Russian Navy. Along with submarines of Borei class they will form the core of Russia’s strategic naval forces.

Source: Ria Novosti