Russia’s most advanced nuclear-powered submarine, Knyaz Vladimir, has entered the navy since June 12, 2020, according to the Russian Ministry of Defense.
The ceremony to bring the submarine Knyaz Vladimir into operation took place at the Sevmash shipyard in the city of Severodvinsk on Russia Day (June 12), according to TASS news agency, informed by the Russian Ministry of Defense. Earlier, TASS quoted a number of sources as saying that the Knyaz Vladimir will operate in submarine unit 31 of the Northern Fleet.
The Knyaz Vladimir is 170 meters long and has a displacement of 24,000 tons. It can be submerged 450 meters deep and operate continuously for 90 days with a crew of about 130 people.
Knyaz Vladimir is the fourth Borei-class submarine and the first of the upgraded Borei-II submarines assigned to the Russian navy. The Borei-class submarine has 16 launch tubes that can launch Bulava intercontinental ballistic missiles, while the Borei II-class submarines are equipped with up to 20 launchers.
Each Bulava rocket, with a maximum range of about 10,000 km, can carry 10 nuclear warheads aimed at different targets, according to TASS.
The Russian Navy previously received three Borei-class submarines, the Yuri Dolgorukiy, serving the Northern Fleet and the other two submarines, Alexander Nevsky and Vladimir Monomakh, deployed to the Pacific Fleet, according to The Diplomat.