The nuclear-powered submarine Knyaz Vladimir will enter service with the Northern Fleet’s 31st submarine division this week. This is according to some sources cited by TASS.
"The ceremony of raising the flag aboard the Knyaz Vladimir that will signify the submarine's official inclusion in the Fleet’s combat structure is scheduled for June 12. The submarine will operate in the 31st submarine division," TASS quoted its source.
Nonetheless, the state news agency said it had no official confirmation yet.
Currently, Project 955 (Borei) lead submarine Yuri Dolgoruky and the Project 667BDRM (Delfin-class) submarine operate in the 31st division of submarine forces.
Notably, state trials of the nuclear-powered submarine finished in late 2019. However, there were delays in delivery to the Navy over some problems.
Knyaz Vladimir is an improved Project 955A strategic missile-carrying underwater cruiser. It represents the fourth generation of nuclear-powered submarines built for the Russian Navy.
According to the data of Russia’s Defence Ministry, the sub Knyaz Vladimir is less noisy. Moreover, it features improved maneuvering, depth, and armament control systems.
All Borei-class submarines can carry 16 Bulava ballistic missiles. Also, they are furnished with 533mm torpedo tubes.