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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Nuclear Sub Launched

SEVERODVINSK, Far North () -- For the first time in about a decade, Russia launched construction of a huge new-generation nuclear submarine hailed as the flagship of the country's 21st century submarine fleet.

"The Russian state cannot exist without a powerful fleet," presidential chief of staff Anatoly Chubais said at the launching ceremony held Saturday in Severodvinsk, a northern port and a major submarine base.

The start of construction on the 170-meter long submarine, called Yury Dolgoruky, marks a new stage in the development of Russia's nuclear strength and its drive to maintain the status of a nuclear superpower, said First Deputy Defense Minister Andrei Kokoshin.