SSBN Smolensk Launched at Zvezdochka Ship Repair, Russia

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Posted on Aug 7th, 2012 with tags launchedNavalNavyNews by topicrepairRussiashipSmolenskSSBNZvezdochka.

SSBN Smolensk Launched at Zvezdochka Ship Repair, Russia

Project 949A Antei nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) Smolensk was launched at Zvezdochka Ship Repair Center, a source in Russian defense industry told Central Navy Portal.

Slipway phase of repair has been completed. In the night of Aug 5, SSBN Smolensk (K-410) was put afloat.

SSBN Smolensk was laid up for technical recovery in Sept 2011. Most of hull and dock works were done during the slipway phase of repair. After launching, the overhaul will be continued afloat.

Shipwrights of Zvezdochka will reload reactor core and carry out other repair works on the sub’s hardware. Upon termination of repairs, service life of SSBN Smolensk will be 3 years longer.

The submarine is to be recommissioned in the summer of 2013.


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upvc windows 08/09/2012 13:44

Submarines changed naval warfare, and nuclear power turned the submarine into a formidable weapon. The history of the nuclear submarine, though short, advanced in the United States and the Soviet
Union on basically the same time table, and with the same end goals. Both countries needed and wanted the latest and most powerful submarine available.

John 08/09/2012 13:52

You are quite right but living on one is not my kind of life. Spent some time on one while in the Navy. Thanks for the comment