Russia: Project 955 Borei Nuclear-Powered Ballistic Missile Submarine Hits Water for First Time

Project 955 Borei nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) Alexander Nevsky on Oct 22 took the sea for the first time in order to start shipyard’s trials, reported press service of Severodvinsk municipal administration on Oct 24.

SSBN Alexander Nevsky is the first serial submarine of Project 955 Borei; the lead sub of the project is SSBN Yury Dolgoruky which is presently engaged in tests of newest ballistic missile Bulava. Till the year is over, it is planned to start the missile tests on Alexander Nevsky.

“The submarine left the basin of JSC Sevmash shipyard in the morning of Oct 22. On board the sub are trial team led by Alexander Reznikov and the crew headed by Capt 1 rank Vasily Tankovid“, says the report.

As was previously reported by Russian media sources, all onboard systems will be tested during the first trials phase including life support system and performance characteristics.

At present, construction of the third (second serial) submarine of the “grand duke” project named SSBN Vladimir Monomakh is going on at JSC Sevmash shipyard (Severodvinsk, Russia).

SSBN Alexander Nevsky is the fourth-generation nuclear submarine. She was laid down in 2004 and is supposed to join Russian Navy in Dec 2011. The submarine passed mooring trials in 2010. It is planned that SSBN Alexander Nevsky would be stationed at Pacific Fleet.

Source: rusnavy, October 25, 2011;