Russian SSBNs to Resume Patrols in International Waters in June 2012
Russian nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines will resume patrols in international waters in June 2012, said Russian Navy Commander-in-Chief Admiral Vladimir Vysotsky.
“On June 1 or a bit later, we will resume permanent patrols of nuclear strategic submarines in the World Ocean”, said Vysotsky on Feb 3 at Navy command briefing.
Since 1984, annual number of patrols carried out by Russian nuclear submarines has dropped from over 230 to less than 10.
Nevertheless, Russian military say submarine fleet is still the Navy’s core component and will continue playing key role in deterrent strategy.
Russian Navy operates 12 nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines including five Delta-III-class subs, six Delta-IV-class subs, and one Typhoon-class sub. Two SSBNs – Arkhangelsk and Severstal – remain in reserve in Severodvinsk.
Russia decided to suspend scheduled utilization of in-service nuclear submarines and plans to build eight new Borei-class SSBNs till 2020.
First Borei-class submarine – SSBN Yury Dolgoruky – may join Pacific Fleet in June 2012.
Naval Today Staff , February 07, 2012