Russia’s new submarine mothership sets sail

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The submarine mothership is a converted Project 667BDRM-class (Delta IV) nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine. (Zvezdochka Ship Repair Centre)

 

The Russian Navy’s new submarine mothership Podmoskovye (Delta IV Stretch) set sail for the first time on sea trials on 22 October after a lengthy conversion.

Podmoskovye was originally the Project 667BDRM-class (Delta IV) nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) K-64, launched in 1986. It has now been converted to act as a mothership for the smaller special purpose Project 10831-class (‘Losharik’) and Project 1851-class (Paltus) submarines for underwater research and intelligence gathering activities. Continue reading

Royal Navy Fires Warning Shot At Spanish Boat In Gibraltar

The Royal Navy has fired a warning shot at a Spanish patrol boat which sailed too close to a US nuclear-powered submarine as it sailed in waters off Gibraltar.

Flares were fired across the bow of the Spanish Guardia Civil vessel Rio Cedena as it twice attempted to sail across the front of the ballistic missile submarine USS Florida. Continue reading

Latest NATO security threat: Russia’s nuclear force modernization

Russian president Vladimir Putin’s use of Russian conventional forces to destabilize Ukraine and prop up Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime certainly got the attention of Western analysts and policy makers.

But now, Russia’s nuclear forces are undergoing dramatic modernization. Continue reading

Three nuclear subs spotted near PLA Navy’s Hainan base

The People’s Liberation Army Navy has deployed three nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines to its South Sea Fleet base on the southern island province of Hainan, according to the Manila-based InterAksyon news website in a report published July 8. Continue reading