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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

New Navy Submarine Launched

Itar-TassSailors attending a ceremony for the launch of the Yury Dolgoruky nuclear submarine in Severodvinsk on Sunday.
The Navy on Sunday launched its first new-generation nuclear submarine since the Soviet collapse as the Kremlin seeks to upgrade its undersea nuclear strike force.

The long-delayed Yury Dolgoruky, the first Borei-class (Arctic Wind) nuclear submarine, was moved to the dry docks at a highly secret submarine base in the Arctic town of Severodvinsk.

First Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov took part in the ceremony along with Navy top brass and Kremlin advisers.

"For the first time in 17 years, we are launching such a vessel -- in essence this is the first Russian strategic submarine, a submarine of the new generation," Ivanov said, RIA-Novosti reported.

"We have done a great thing -- shown that our shipbuilding sector is developing and that we can build such unique armaments," Ivanov said.

The new, super-quiet submarine will be equipped with Bulava-M ballistic missiles, which have been misfired in several recent tests. They have a range of 8,000 kilometers.

The Yury Dolgoruky, which takes its name from a Slavic prince who is credited with founding Moscow, can descend to a depth of 450 meters and carry 107 sailors. It will enter full service in the Northern Fleet in 2008.

The new submarine is part of a plan approved by President Vladimir Putin to upgrade the core of the country's undersea nuclear attack forces.

The Yury Dolgoruky has taken 12 years to be built after problems with state funding in the chaos of the 1990s, when the post-Soviet Navy and shipbuilding industry lost much of their talent.

Putin has boosted funding for the submarine fleet, which has been involved in a string of fatal accidents, including the sinking of the Kursk nuclear submarine in the Barents Sea in August 2000. All 118 sailors aboard perished.