Russia says it will put into service the country’s first Borey class ballistic missile nuclear submarine, the Yury Dolgoruky, with the its navy. Russia’s RIA Novosti news agency said in a report that the strategic submarine would be in service on Sunday. “The hoisting of the flag and the signing of the acceptance act will be held at the Sevmash shipyard in Severodvinsk on Sunday, December 30,” the Rubin design bureau said in a statement. A second vessel, the Alexander Nevsky, will most likely join Russia’s Pacific Fleet in 2014, as it is currently going through sea trials.
The third Borey class submarine, the Vladimir Monomakh, is also to be put into service on Sunday.Russia has decided to create eight Borey class and Borey A class submarines by 2020. The submarines are predicted to act as the core of the country’s submarine fleet, replacing its current aging fleet, including Project 941 (NATO Typhoon class) and Project 667 class (Delta-3 and Delta-4) boats. The submarines will reportedly carry as many as 16 Bulava ballistic missiles with multiple warheads. SAB/SZH