The Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation officially announced that the fourth-generation Kazan nuclear-powered submarine (project Yasen-M) has joined the Russian Navy.
A special ceremony was held at the Sevmash shipyard in Severodvinsk (Arkhangelsk region) on Friday. St. Andrew’s Flag was handed to the submarine’s commander during the ceremony to be hoisted up the submarine’s flagpole, the Defence Ministry said.
The commander of the Northern Fleet, Admiral Aleksandr Moiseyev, expressed confidence in the readiness of the submariners to fulfill all the assigned tasks with high quality.
The lead submarine of project 885M (Yasen-M) Kazan was launched on March 31, 2017. Factory trials began on September 25, 2018. Project 885/885M submarines are armed with Oniks and Kalibr cruise missiles. Further down the road, they may be configured to carry Tsirkon hypersonic missiles.
In March, the Navy Commander-in-Chief Admiral Nikolai Yevmenov, had announced that by the end of 2021, the Russian Navy is receiving Knyaz Oleg, a Project Borei-A strategic missile-carrying underwater cruiser, and the Kazan and Novosibirsk Yasen-class nuclear-powered underwater cruisers.
Yevmenov added that, along with the construction of the fourth-generation nuclear submarines, work is underway to create the next, fifth-generation multipurpose and strategic nuclear submarines.
"By the end of this year, the Russian Navy will get the Project Borei-A strategic missile-carrying underwater cruiser Knyaz Oleg and the Yasen-class nuclear-powered underwater cruisers Kazan and Novosibirsk that are being built at the Sevmash Shipyard," said Navy Commander-in-Chief Admiral Nikolai Yevmenov in an interview with Krasnaya Zvezda published on 19 March.
In December 2020 at the annual expanded meeting of the Defence Ministry Board, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that the Navy would receive two Borei-A class nuclear-powered submarines, Knyaz Vladimir and Generalissimo Suvorov, equipped with Bulava ballistic missiles.