The Northern Fleet base of Gadzhievo, home base to most of Russia’s large nuclear submarines, will have all infrastructure in place for new submarines by the end of the year, RIA Novosti reports. The base is expected to receive two of Russia’s newest subs – the Borey class “Yury Dolgoruky” and the Yasen class “Severodvinsk”. “Yury Dolgoruky” is planned to be taken into service in 2012, “Severodvinsk” in 2013.
“Yury Dolgoruky” is the first strategic submarine to be built in Russia since 1992.
Constructor of the submarines, Sevmash Shipyard has concluded all tests of “Yury Dolgoruky” and is ready to sign the acceptance delivery statement, the shipyard’s web site reads.
“Yury Dolgoruky” was originally planned to be based in the Pacific Fleet, but the plans were altered, probably to restore Russia’s nuclear capacity in the north after the nuclear submarine “Yekaterinburg” was seriously damaged in a fire in December 2011.
The next sub in the Borey series, the “Aleksandr Nevsky”, is currently undergoing sea trials in the White Sea, ITAR-TASS reports.
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.