Project 955 Borey Inbound

A Project 955 Borey-class nuclear-powered strategic submarine will be birthed (and subsequently berthed) by the Russian Navy in the next 9 months:

Alexander Nevsky submarine

Alexander Nevsky submarine

The Navy is planning to adopt the Alexander Nevsky submarine before the end of this year. Everything is going according to plan,” the official said commenting on reports the submarine would only be commissioned in 2014.

The Alexander Nevsky has been undergoing trials at the Sevmash shipyard since 2012.

There will be three sea trials this year and a Bulava ballistic missile will be test-launched from the submarine in the summer, the official said.

A Sevmash official representative also confirmed to RIA Novosti that the submarine will be handed over to the Navy this year.

Do check out the graphic of the Bulava, a submarine-launched ballistic missile.

I Visited a Russian Sub and All I Got Was…

Vlad the Inhaler had a conference call with the crew of the Yury Dolgoruky nuclear submarine, which houses 16 Bulava intercontinental ballistic missiles. He also received this stylish shirt in an on-board MWR, white-elephant gift exchange:

President Vladimir Putin, center, receives a navy t-shirt as a gift, on board a navy ship in Severomorsk, Russia, on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013. Russian Navy's commander-in-chief Viktor Chirkov is at left, and Vladislav Malakhovsky, captain of the Peter the Great nuclear powered cruiser is at right.

President Vladimir Putin receives a navy t-shirt as a gift, on board a navy ship in Severomorsk, Russia, on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013. Russian Navy’s commander-in-chief Viktor Chirkov is at left, and Vladislav Malakhovsky, captain of the Peter the Great nuclear powered cruiser is at right.