Vladimir Monomakh will be the third and last Project 955 boat that is armed with 16 Bulava ballistic missiles. The fourth and subsequent boats will be Project 955A vessels with 20 missiles.
As BarentsObserver reported, the first submarine of the class, “Yury Dolgoruky”, was taken into service on January 10 after twelve years of construction. The second vessel of the class, “Aleksandr Nevsky” is currently undertaking sea trials and is due to enter service later this year. The fourth sub, “Knyaz Vladimir”, is under construction.
Sevmash shipyard in Severodvinsk reports that sea trials of “Vladimir Monomakh” will start this summer.
As previously reported by BarentsObserver, the inclusion of the “Yuri Dolgorukii” in the Northern Fleet marks a shift in Russia’s nuclear forces. The number of nuclear warheads based on submarines will no longer go down, it starts to rise again.
MURMANSK: Ecological groups gathered on Kola Peninsula fear that Barents nature will be the looser after Oslo decided to call off the environmental minister’s Moscow meeting in response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea.
TROMSØ: Since the first five specimens of snow crab were found in the Barents Sea in 1996, the population has exploded. There is now ten times as much snow crab than king crab in the area, and scientists are just starting to find out how this new species has adopted to life in the Barents Sea.
The current situation in Ukraine makes cross-border cooperation with the neighboring countries even more important, Barents Secretariat leader Rune Rafaelsen says. At the same time, Norway has joined NATO’s condemnation of Russia’s military escalation on the Crimea peninsula.
Board member Amund Trellevik in the press network fears entry-denial of Kremlin’s controversial propaganda-journalist Dmitry Kiselyov could be retaliated by refusing Norwegian journalists access to Russia.