Nuclear submarine facilities in Russia's Far East to be completed by year end: ministry

Source:Xinhua Published: 2014-2-11 9:30:16

Facilities for new nuclear submarines in Russia's Pacific coast will be completed by the end of 2014, the Defense Ministry said Monday.

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu was told during an inspection of the Rybachy submarine base in Kamchatka Peninsula that the construction of docking and maintenance facilities for the new submarines would be completed by the end of the year, it said.

Shoigu inspected the naval base in preparation for the arrival of the two new Borey-class strategic missile submarines -- the Alexander Nevsky and Vladimir Monomakh, the ministry said.

The Borey-class submarines, the length of almost two football fields, can carry up to 16 of the new Bulava nuclear missiles each and are expected to join the Pacific Fleet by the end of next year.

Rybachy, located 15 km from the region's capital Petropavlovsk- Kamchatsky, has been the Pacific Fleet's primary nuclear submarine base for decades.

Russian navy expects eight of Yasen-class attack subs and the same number of the Borey-class strategic nuclear submarines to enter service by 2020.

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