Monday, August 13, 2012

Russian SSBN Novomoskovsk, Delta Class Ballistic Missile Submarine returns to service

The Russian Navy's SSBN Novomoskovsk has been refitted and returned to service with the Northern Fleet, it will serve another ten years before being decommissioned in 2022, Fleet Spokesman Captain First Rank Vadim Serga said on Monday.

The Project 667 type boat (NATO Delta 4) arrived at its base in the port of Severomorsk on Monday after the refit at the Zvezdochka shipyard at nearby Severodvinsk. "The boat's life after refit and modernization will be extended by another ten years," Serga said.

The refit of the Novomoskovsk included hundreds of improvements, "making the boat quieter, increasing its ability to detect other submarines, increasing its survivability and nuclear safety," he added. Novomoskovsk is the second Northern Fleet 667 boat to be refitted. Last year, the Verkhoturye underwent a similar refit at Zvezdochka and was returned to service.

Russian SSBN Novomoskovsk ( Image Courtesy - )

The Novomoskovsk's refit began in 2007. The boat was originally built at Sevmash in June 1987 and entered service in 1990. The boat was the first to launch a scientific satellite into orbit with a ballistic missile in 1998. The 667 class boats displace 12,000 tons, they are armed with 16 intercontinental ballistic missiles.

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