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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.





 


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Saturday, Nov. 1


The men and women who dedicate their lives to fitness get their chance to compete for the title of best body in Russia at todays Grand Prix Fitness House PRO, the nations premier bodybuilding competition. Not only will men and women be competing for thousands of dollars in prizes and a trip to represent their nation at Mr. Olympia but sporting goods and nutritional supplements will also be available for sale. Learn more about the culture of the Indian subcontinent during Diwali, the annual festival of lights that will be celebrated in St. Petersburg this weekend at the Culture Palace on Tambovskaya Ul. For 100 rubles ($2.40), festival-goers listen to Indian music, try on traditional Indian outfits and sample dishes highlighting the culinary diversity of the billion-plus people in the South Asian superpower.



Sunday, Nov. 2


Check out the latest video and interactive games at the Gaming Festival at the Mayakovsky Library ending today. Meet with the developers of the popular and learn more about their work, or learn how to play one of their creations with the opportunity to ask the creators themselves about the exact rules.



Monday, Nov. 3


Non-athletes can get feed their need for competition without breaking a sweat at the Rock-Paper-Scissors tournament this evening at the Cube Bar at Lomonosova 1. Referees will judge the validity of each matchup award points to winners while the citys elite fight for the chance to be called the best of the best. Those hoping to play must arrange a team beforehand and pay 200 rubles ($4.80) to enter.



Tuesday, Nov. 4


Attend the premiere of Canadian director Xavier Dolans latest film Mommy at the Avrora theater this evening. The fifth picture from the 25-year-old, it is the story of an unruly teenager but the most alluring (or unappealing) aspect is the way the film was shot: in a 1:1 format that is more reminiscent of Instagram videos than cinematic art. Tickets cost 400 rubles ($9.60) and snacks and drinks will be available.



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