Voices from Russia

Friday, 17 August 2012

Pentagon Denied Reports of Russian Sub Near USA

Russian Navy Project 971 Shchuka-B SSN


On Thursday, the Pentagon denied media reports that a Russian nuclear-powered submarine cruised unnoticed for several weeks in the Gulf of Mexico near the shores of the USA. Wendy Snyder, a spokeswoman for the Pentagon, said, “I don’t know what that information was based on, but it wasn’t correct”. Earlier, the Washington Free Beacon reported that a Russian Project 971 Shchuka-B class nuclear-powered attack submarine freely transited the waters of the Gulf of Mexico in June and July, undetected by the US Navy. On Thursday, a spokesman for the Defence Ministry neither confirmed nor denied media reports, saying only that all information on the movement of Russian submarines around the world is classified. The Shchuka-B is the main class of attack submarine employed by the Russian Navy. It has greater stealth capabilities than earlier models and is capable of carrying long-range missiles.

16 August 2012



Editor’s Note:

Of course, the USA denies the report. The USA is all-powerful, invulnerable, and the most god-favoured of all nations… in its eyes, that is. I think that the Russian sub DID evade US surveillance and it’s scaring the USA silly. It would’ve been better to have totally ignored the situation, but it’s an election year, and DoD thought it needed to issue damage control and CYA for the administration. The more things change…



Sunday, 5 February 2012

Russian Strategic Subs to Resume Routine World Patrols

RPKSN (SSBN) K-535 Yuri Dolgoruky (2009), surfaced, on trials


Russian strategic nuclear submarines will resume routine extended patrols in international waters around the world in June 2012, Navy C-in-C Admiral Vladimir Vysotsky said. At a meeting with naval personnel on Friday, Vysotsky said, “On 1 June, or a bit later, we’ll resume constant patrolling of the world’s oceans by strategic nuclear submarines”. The annual number of extended patrols performed by Russian strategic nuclear submarines and nuclear-powered attack submarines dropped from more than 230 in 1984 to less than 10 today. Nevertheless, the Russian high command still believes that the submarine fleet’s the backbone of the Russian Navy, and that it’ll continue to play an important deterrent role in the future. The Russian Navy has 12 nuclear-powered strategic submarines in active service, comprising five Project 667BDR Kalmar (Delta-III) class, six Project 667BDRM Delfin (Delta-IV) class, and one Project 941 Akula (Typhoon) class. Two Project 941 Akula class submarines, the Arkhangelsk and the Severstal, remain in reserve at Severodvinsk in northern Russia. Russia decided to suspend the planned disposal of strategic nuclear submarines currently in service with the Navy and plans to build eight new Project 955 Borei class strategic submarines by 2020. The first Borei class submarine, the Yury Dolgoruky, may join the Pacific Fleet as early as in June this year.

4 February 2012



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