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Russian Ballistic Missile Subs Slated for Pacific Ocean Deployment

A senior Russian defense official on Wednesday said the nation's initial Borei-class ballistic missile submarines are slated for eventual use in the Pacific Ocean, RIA Novosti reported (see GSN, July 31).

Vetting of the Yuri Dolgoruky and Alexander Nevsky submarines is under way in the White Sea. The vessels are anticipated to enter service before next year.

“I am absolutely certain that the first two subs will be initially placed with the Northern Fleet and will be redeployed to the Pacific Fleet after all the infrastructure there is ready,” Russian First Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Sukhorukov stated.

Russia's Sevmash shipyard is now assembling two additional submarines of the same class. No fewer than 10 of the vessels are slated to join the country's navy before the end of the decade.

Moscow intends beginning in 2019 to rely on Borei-class submarines and their nuclear-tipped Bulava ballistic missiles to form the central component of its strategic underwater fleet, according to RIA Novosti (RIA Novosti, Aug. 8).

The Alexander Nevsky is to fire a Bulava missile in an exercise, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty quoted Sukhorukov as saying on Wednesday. He did not specify the timing of the event.

"Some defects were uncovered during trials" of the Yuri Dolgoruky, and alterations and restorative efforts would precede any further missile shots from the vessel, he said (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Aug. 9).

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