Project 636.3 Varshavyanka class SSK Enters Service with Russian Navy
Black Sea Fleet
"Rostov-on-Don" (B-237), the second Project 636.3 (or Varshavyanka
class) diesel-electric submarine (SSK) designed for the Russian Black
Sea Fleet was officially taken into naval service, an official of Admiralty
Wharfs told Russian news agency ITAR-TASS on Tuesday.
(B-237) Project 636.3 submarine commissioned at Admiralty Shipyards
in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday. This new SSK for the Black Sea Fleet
will later be rattached to the new 4th Submarine Brigade homeported
to Novorossyysk. Picture: ruspodplav
St. Andrew naval flag was hoisted on the submarine on Tuesday, from
this moment it is considered officially taken into combat service of
the Russian Navy.
“The Russian Navy chief commander’s decree was read
out to enrol Rostov-on-Don in the 4th separate brigade of the Black
Sea Fleet with a base in [southern Russia’s Krasnodar territory]
the city of Novorossiisk,” the official said.
Russia’s Navy Assistant Chief Commander Vice-Admiral Alexander
Fedotenkov and Admiralty Wharfs chief Alexander Buzakov participated
in the ceremony.
The first submarine of this series, the Novorossiisk, was brought
into service earlier this year. Before dispatching to the Black Sea
(expected in May 2015) it is taking additional deepwater trials in the
North. Six Project 636.3 submarines, also known as Varshavyanka, are
planned to be build for the Black Sea Fleet by 2016.