Russia’s has received a New Year present with the hand-over of a cutting-edge nuclear attack submarine, the Severodvinsk, Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said.
The Severodvinsk had been under construction at the Sevmash shipyard in northern Russia since 1993.
“Yesterday the parent nuclear submarine of the Yasen-project has been handed over to the navy for trial operation,” Rogozin wrote on Twitter, confirming an earlier report by RIA-Novosti news agency.
The Severodvinsk is one of eight Yasen-class (Graney-class, according to NATO classification) attack subs ordered by the Russian navy.
The second and third boats of the series, the Kazan and the Novosibirsk, are currently under construction and will feature an updated design.
The Severodvinsk has a submerged displacement of 13,800 tons, length of 119 meters, speed of 31 knots, and can dive to 600 meters.
The boat is able to host of 90 submariners, including 32 officers.