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New Russian most powerful submarine emerges from shipyard’s shed

SEVERODVINSK, April 15 (Itar-Tass) - The new Russian nuclear submarine Yuri Dolgoruky of the fourth generation smoothly emerged on Sunday from the shed of the Sevmash shipyard. The ceremony was attended by over a dozen of high-ranking guests and more than 100 reporters.

Severodvinsk was visited by first vice-premier Sergei Ivanov, head of the Russian Federal Agency for Nuclear Power (Rosatom) Sergei Kiriyenko, commander-in-chief of the Russian Navy Vladimir Masorin, Deputy Defence Minister Alexei Moskovsky, adviser to the Russian president on the military and industrial policy Alexander Burutin and Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov.

Ivanov called the construction of the Yuri Dolgoruky nuclear submarine a great and unique event. “This is a holiday for Russia, for industry, the navy and the Armed Forces. We have now not only what to protect, but with what to protect,” he added.

Ivanov admitted that while speaking at the ceremony, he was very agitated. “I’m also agitated, since we are launching, for the first time in 17 years, such a ship – a nuclear missile cruiser. In actual fact, it is the first Russian strategic nuclear submarine. Besides, it is of a new generation,” the vice-premier continued.

Ivanov along with the Moscow mayor, the commander-in-chief of the navy and the deputy defence minister signed a memorial certificate on the launching of the Yuri Dolgoruky from the shipyard.

“While signing this certificate, I felt that it is much more pleasant to sign such things than international treaties or any formal papers,” the vice-premier acknowledged. He emphasized that “labour was put up in the submarine’s construction at a very difficult historic period”.

Ivanov thanked “designers, engineers and workers of the Sevmash shipyard for what they have done. They have done a great thing and proved that ship-building is developing, and that Russia is capable of making such unique complexes of armaments”.

Ivanov heartily thanked the Moscow city government and the Moscow mayor who took construction of the submarine under their patronage. “The very name is symbolic: as was the case with Yuri Dolgoruky who united lands around Moscow, so the submarine united thousands of highly technological enterprises, working for the final result,” the vice-premier went on to say.

“It is now everything is more or less well at the shipyard; there are orders, and you have to work in three shifts, but let us remember the late 1990s when wages were not paid, and women had to take children to the shipyard so as to feed them. And the Moscow city government helped you at that difficult time,” Ivanov stressed.

The commander-in-chief of the navy expressed confidence that the Yuri Dolgoruky is the world’s best submarine. Besides, it will be equipped with the Bulava missiles. “This Sunday will remain in history as a day of which our navy can be proud of,” Masorin said at the ceremony.

“We have marine strategic nuclear forces. Just a few states in the world – there are enough fingers on one hand to count them – have such forces, and even less states have such weapons,” the commander-in-chief stressed. In Masorin’s opinion, “two or three countries can build such ships independently. This is expensive and difficult. They cooperate. We can build”.

Turning to the Bulava missiles designer, Masorin said: “We are sure that our missiles will fly and hit targets precisely.” The commander-in-chief underlined that the Yuri Dolgoruky is the world’s best nuclear submarine, and it will be an honour for sailors to serve on it.

Head of the Rubin design office Igor Spassky where the submarine had been designed, noted that this ship “was born, as a baby, in labors”. “A difficult time is in store now – to teach it to sail and speak, to speak very seriously and loudly,” he added.

He conveyed the submarine crew a sanctified Nicholas the Miracle-Maker icon from a Petersburg temple. The guests at the ceremony cut jointly a blue ribbon to launch the submarine. According to a naval tradition, a bottle of champagne was smashed against the ship’s board.

The cost of the state contract for the construction of the submarine totaled 23 billion roubles, out of the total, 14 billion – for construction. The volume of the state defence order in 2007 for the ship’s construction amounted to 4,920 million roubles. Work will be completed in 2008. The submarine is now ready 82 percent.

When finishing work of the submarine is started, the stage of mooring trials will begin. They are planned to end in October 2007, and then the stage of shipyard running trials will set in.

Another two similar missile subs – the Alexander Nevsky and Vladimir Monomakh – were laid down at the shipyard in 2004 and 2006. These ships are also of the Borei class. The submarines were designed by the Rubin design office of marine technology (Petersburg).

While building the Borei submarines, specialists used the latest achievements in ship radio-electronic means and in lowering noises. Submarines of this project are equipped with a surfacing escape chamber, designed for the entire crew. Each submarine will have 12 intercontinental ballistic solid fuel missiles of the Bulava type with the warhead of ten independently targetable charges.

The length of the Borei type subs is 170 meters and width – 13.5 meters, diving depth – 450 meters and the crew – 107 men. According to statements by the naval command, the Borei submarines will be the main naval component part of Russian nuclear forces in the 21st century.

SOURCE http://www.itar-tass.com/eng/level2.html?NewsID=11435645

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Thats what Russians think. ;)

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Oh joy....just what the world needs...a Nuclear Sub from MotherRussia...I am overjoyed...speechless in fact.

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Everything the Russians build are claimed to be the best in the world. The reality is much different.

Remember the T-72? The best soviet tanks were wiped out by the Abrams. In the all-out battles of the 1991 Gulf War, only 18 Abrams tanks were lost and no soldiers in them killed.

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has anybody else noticed that the media has been bombarding us with articles about Russia recently?

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OMG The Russians are coming the Russians are coming....

Beware of Reds under the (sea)Beds everyone :o

Meow Purr.

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Remember the T-72? The best soviet tanks were wiped out by the Abrams. In the all-out battles of the 1991 Gulf War, only 18 Abrams tanks were lost and no soldiers in them killed.

Well yeah, but the T-72 and M1A1 Abrams are different generations of tank. When the T-72 was developed its main competitors would ahve been the M60 Patton and Chieftain tanks, not Abrams. You couldn't possibly make a comparison there. And even so, the Iraqi T-72s were export versions from Russia, meaning they lacked features that the Russian Army's T-72s would have had.

There's no question that an Abrams could wipe any T-72, export or otherwise, off the map; it's like taking candy from a baby. But that's no reason to say that this sub is inferior. :huh:

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Back in the late 70's and most of the 80's I spent my time while in the U.S. Submarine service tracking the Alpha, Akula and Typhoon class Soviet subs. They were all outstanding "boats" as we affectionately referred to them. We heard that the Typhoon class was as quiet as our boats then, but the reality was indeed different. We tracked one Typhoon for 14 days while we remained in her baffles undetected. This was with a 637 class fast attack that was made in 1969. Today, the SeaWolf class of boats I doubt would have any problems at all, I would say that we could probably detect this new sub 15 miles out using passive sonar and heat signature technology. The trick to it all is to catch the sub as it leaves port because with a ballistic missile sub you must be able to "down her" before she launches her payload.

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Wasnt there a few new Royal Navy Ships released recently? Im sure it was on the news.

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While this may be a very fine Russian submarine. It is still too late and too little. Since the fall of the Soviet Union, this is the first Russian built missile launching sub to be launched in 17 years. meanwile the Russians have decommissioned and scraped about 30 missile armed subs. Including the Typhoons.

It took Russia 13 years since the fall of communism to have their first attack sub enter service. Meanwhile some 120 attack subs were taken out of service. On the surface, they built more frigates for India the past dozen years than they made for their own navy. The Russian Navy went from 2 small aircraft carriers and building or in service 4 larger carriers. Now Russia is down to 1 - and it has a For Sale sign on it.

Right now, the Russian Navy is a glorified coastal navy. With the ability for a few ships to deploy to other points of the world. When the submarine Kursh sank, it did so during the leadup to the first large naval deployment in a decade. And now years later we are still waiting for an exercise of the size planned.

This is not to say that indivigual ships could not influence foreign events. But for some time, the Russian Navys high seas contribuation will be an oversize version of Gunboat Diplomacy.

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I just read the headline and thought of one man.

I VERY EXCITE!

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The SBC Hairy Multi-Incher. Isn't that Israel's latest spunkmarine weapon?

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ah my old friend joc

and if america had built a new nuke sub, what would be your reaction?

"well god damn , USA is the greatest damn country on earth, " lol

anyhoo hows you been ?

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hey. russians are more friendly now than before.

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Maybe Putin needs to concentrate more on his own people then building Submarines. Wake up Putin, the cold war is over.

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hey. russians are more friendly now than before.

Don't fall for it, it's a trick. Sure they'll be all friendly now, but just as you let your guard down, WHAMMO, they'll have ya. I should know.

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Wasnt there a few new Royal Navy Ships released recently? Im sure it was on the news.

I don't believe so Adam2006... We produced the Upholder class diesel-electric in the early 1990's, which was supposed to be pretty good (for a limited-range littoral attack sub). Sadly, we only made four, and they all hit a Defence Spending Review and sank. (they where all sold to the Canadians. One of them caught fire en route to Canada, but apparantly survived).

There is the Type45 Air Defence Destroyer being built (see Wikipedia article Type 45 ), but the first one is not scheduled to be ready untill 2009. There is also the Queen Elizabeth class of Aircraft carriers, due out in 2014. (see here ). Wether these will EVER see the light of day is debatable.

As far as I know, the only Royal Navy assets that have been released recently where the sailors/marines captured by the Iranian's :P

Meow Purr.

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