Borei class nuclear-powered submarine Yury Dolgoruky has officially became part of the Russian Navy. The first of the new generation submarines, which will be the country's main nuclear deterrent in coming years, entered into service with the Russian Navy on 10 Jan, 2012.
Yury Dolgoruky missile cruiser raised the flag in a ceremony in the Arctic port of Severodvinsk. The Yury Dolgoruky submarine is also the first to have the latest Bulava intercontinental missile on-board.
Borei Class SSBN, Yury Dolgoruky at sea-trials ( Image Courtesy - 02varvara.wordpress.com )
"Another seven Borei-class submarines will join the Navy by 2020. The Navy will also receive eight Yasen-class submarines by then", President Vladimir Putin said.
The Navy has already ordered three more Borei-class submarines: Alexander Nevsky, Vladimir Monomakh and Knyaz Vladimir.
Built at an estimated cost of 23 billion rubles ($750 million), the Yury Dolgoruky is 170 meters long and 13.5 meters wide, with a diving depth of 450 meters.
News Courtesy - The Moscow Times