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A New Year gift: the “Rostov-on-Don” submarine traveled from St. Petersburg to Novorossiysk

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A new year gift to the Navy. The “Rostov-on-Don” successfully passed testing.

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The diesel-electric submarine proved its declared characteristics. Its handling is superb, it’s almost noise-free – meaning it’s hardly detectable by enemy sonars. Alexey Zhukov witnessed the raising ceremony of the Andreevskiy Flag.

Alexey Zhukov, reporter: “Naval officers had anxiously anticipated this gift. The “Rostov-on-Don” submarine passed testing and by New Year has been officially put on the Russian Navy’s books. As a symbol of that – the Andreevskiy Flag was raised above it today”

The “Rostov-on-Don” is the second in a string of modernized diesel-electric submarines. It took over 3 years to build it and test it. Its tonnage reaches 4 thousand tons, underwater speed – 20 knots, maximum diving limit is 300 meters. It can go on an autonomous sail for over a month.

Alexander Buzakov, CEO of “Admiralteiskie Verfi”: “The vessel showed excellent control during the testing and proved all declared characteristics. We – ship-builders- were extremely happy to hear that”

Predecessors of the “Rostov-on-Don” were called “black holes” in the West – for their silent operations. The new submarine is almost invisible. Automated information-guidance system “Lama”, the submarine steering system “Palladiy” and the maneuvering control system “Pirit” – all were developed in St. Petersburg. The submarine’s crew includes 52 men. It is commanded by 2nd rank captain Andrey Adamskiy and will be based at Novorossiysk.

Alexander Fedotenkov, deputy commander of the Russian Navy: “The underwater service is hard and difficult, but we have no doubts that the crew will handle all tasks set to them by their country”

In the coming 2 years, there will be a total of six submarines like that in the Russian Navy. The flagship vessel – the “Novorossiysk” – was handed over to the Navy in August. The third submarine – the “Staryi Oskol” is now in the testing stage. The fourth – the “Krasnodar” is on the stocks right now. And the “Velikiy Novgorod” and the “Kolpino” submarines were kicked off on October 30th. 

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