“Aleksandr Nevsky” and “Vladimir Monomakh” will be based with the Pacific fleet during 2014, a news that contradicts earlier reports that the two vessels will be based with the Northern fleet. The first vessel of the Borey-class “Yury Dolgoruky” arrived at the Gadzhiyevo base north of Murmansk in September.
It is Rossiskya Gazeta that today quotes Easter Military District Commander Sergei Surovkin saying that the two next ballistic missile submarines will sail east.
The press service of Sevmash, the shipyard building the submarines, published a news Thursday announcing that delivery of “Aleksandr Nevsky” to the Navy will be postponed till 2014. Two weeks ago, BarentsObserver quoted RIA Novosti with the news that the vessel would be officially commissioned before year-end.
Sea trials of the “Alexander Nevsky” were suspended in September following a yet another failed launch of the Bulava missile. Trails were resumed again in October.
In total, the Russian Navy will get eight new Borey-class missile submarines, to become the mainstay of the Navy’s strategic nuclear deterrent, replacing the aging Delta-III (Pacific fleet) and Delta-IV (Northern fleet) submarines.