Navy commissioned its second Borey-class nuclear missile submarine,
second Borey-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine, the
Alexander Nevsky, officialy joined the Russian navy during a ceremony
at the Sevmash shipyard on December 23. Russian Defense Minister Sergei
Shoigu attended the ceremony at the Sevmash shipyard in the northern
city of Severodvinsk.
first Borey class ballistic missile nuclear submarine, the Yury Dolgoruky
(Picutre: Sevmash Shipyard)
Alexander Nevsky was expected to be handed over to the Navy on November
15, while the third Borey-class sub (Vladimir Monomakh) was due to be
commissioned in mid-December, Sevmash chief Mikhail Budnichenko said
Ballistic missile submarines comprise one leg of Russia’s strategic
nuclear triad, along with land-based ICBMs and the bomber force.
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 boats.
Russia ultimately expects
eight Borey-class subs to enter service by 2020. The third in the
class, the Vladimir Monomakh, is expected to start state-acceptance
trials this month.