Northern Fleet aviation to get new sub hunters

Barents Observer – The rebuilt version of the passenger aircraft Tu-204/214 will be Russia’s equivalent to the U.S. built Boeing P-8 Poseidon that Norway, among others, will deploy for surveillance flights over the Barents- and Norwegian Seas.

Putin takes a look at new aircraft carrier

Barents Observer – As the country’s one and only vessel of the kind lies damaged by accident and fire at port in Murmansk, the President puts his eyes on a brand new project.

Russian coast guard receives new ice strengthened patrol vessel

Barents Observer – The “Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky” will improve search- and rescue capabilities in Russia’s western Arctic region.

Northern Fleet’s new multipurpose Arctic tanker starts service in Barents Sea

Barents Observer – The «Akademik Pashin» can simultaneously provide three vessels with fuels and other goods while sailing at open sea.

Troubles delay Russia’s prestigious ballistic missile sub

Barents Observer – “Knyaz Vladimir”, the first upgraded Borey-A class submarine, will not be handed over to the navy by the end of 2019 as planned.

Submarine B-603 Volkhov of project 06363 launched

BMPD – On December 26, 2019, in St. Petersburg, the Admiralty Shipyards JSC (part of United Shipbuilding Corporation – USC) held a launch ceremony for the B-603 large diesel-electric submarine being built for the Navy of the Russian Federation “ Volkhov ” (serial number 01615) of project 06363. This is the second of six submarines of project 06363 being built for the Pacific Fleet. (In Russian)

(Thanks to Alain)

Sevmash floats out second Yasen-M class nuclear attack submarine

Barents Observer – After the two previous 4th generation multi-purpose submarines experienced long delays in construction, Russia now seems to have gain speed at the shipyard in Severodvinsk.

Learn About the 100-Megaton Nuclear Torpedos Russia Has Up Its Sleeve

National Interest – These doomsday weapons are the latest iterations of the new arms race.

Soviet mini-submarine discovered in Jarfjord by Norwegian special forces in 1990

Barents Observer – A former officer from the Headquarters of the Armed Forces in Northern Norway told about the surfacing submarine in a TV documentary by NRK about the Cold War.

Russia’s top General indirectly confirms Arctic deployment of the unstoppable Kinzhal missile

Barents Observer – MiG-31K fighter jets armed with the new Kinzhal air-launched ballistic missile based at Kola, Franz Josef Land and Novaya Zemlya could in practice pose a threat it is not possible to defend against in the European Arctic, northern Scandinavia and North-Atlantic.

Sunrise could come for nuclear-powered submarine tanker

Barents Observer – Sailing under the ice north of Siberia is cheaper than crushing through, a concept study concludes.

The Russian Navy Has a Big Decision to Make: Time to Give up on Aircraft Carriers?

National Interest – What will Moscow do now that its carrier just had another major setback?

Russian Surveillance Ship Operating in ‘Unsafe’ Manner off East Coast

USNI News – Russian surveillance ship Viktor Leonov has been operating unsafely off the coast of Georgia and South Carolina in the vicinity of U.S. naval bases, according to a U.S. Coast Guard safety bulletin issued on Sunday.

World’s largest nuclear icebreaker starts sea trials

Barents Observer – Painted in the Russia’s flag’s tricolor, the new «Arktika» sailed out to the Gulf of Finland on Thursday for a two-days test voyage.

Trouble-hit aircraft carrier catches fire in Murmansk

Barents Observer – The fire on “Admiral Kuznetsov” at yard No. 35 started during welding work in one of the engine rooms. The fire is not under control.

Russian Navy 2019: Two new submarines, 23 new surface vessels and 480 new kinds of armament

Barents Observer – President Putin assembles his top military aides to discuss the development of the Navy and Northern Fleet.

The commissioning of the submarine B-274 “Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky” project 06363

BMPD – On November 25, 2019, the flag was solemnly hoisted on the large submarine B-274 Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky of project 636.3 (serial number 01614) , built by Admiralty Shipyards JSC in St. Petersburg for the Pacific Fleet.

(Thanks to Alain)

Northern Fleet’s 2nd new frigate is ready to test armament in Arctic waters

The Barents Observer – The Admiral Kasatonov is to be officially included in the Russian Navy in the course of 2019.

Russian submarine spotted in Israeli territorial waters

Ynet – A Russian submarine was spotted in Israel’s territorial waters, near central Israel, three months ago.

(Thanks to Alain)

Russia Is Eying More Armed Icebreakers After Launching Missile-Toting Arctic Patrol Ship

War Zone – The Ivan Papanin, the first of the Project 23550 icebreaking warships, is our first look at Russia’s specialized Arctic naval force.

New strategic submarine tests torpedoes in northern waters

Barents Observer – Knyaz Vladimir is Russia’s new Borei-class sub, a nuclear-powered ballistic vessel that can carry up to 16 Bulava missiles. Over the last weeks, it has been undergoing testing in northern waters and in late October test-fired its first Bulava. The submarine has now also tested its torpedoes.

Two icebreaking patrol ships of project 23550 will be built for the Border Service of the FSB of Russia

BMPD – According to the web resource Mil.Press FlotProm , two multipurpose patrol icebreakers of project 23550 will be built for the FSB border control department of Russia.

(Thanks to Alain!)

The lead patrol ship of the ice class Ivan Papanin, project 23550, was launched

BMPD – On October 25, 2019, the Admiralty Shipyards JSC (part of the United Shipbuilding Corporation JSC) in St. Petersburg hosted the launch ceremony of the project’s Ivan Papanin, a multi-purpose ice class patrol ship under construction for the Russian Navy, project 23550 (code “Arctic”) with the serial number 02460.

(Thanks to Alain!)

Russian subs honing stealth skills in major North Atlantic drill, says Norwegian intel

Barents Observer – At least eight nuclear-powered submarines sailed out from their homeports on the Kola Peninsula last week, the Norwegian military intelligence says to NRK.

Russia’s New Submarines Are Dangerous. But How Would They Be Used in War?

National Interest – Where the Russian navy is all but abandoning the production of new aircraft carriers, cruisers and other “blue-water” surface warships, it has recommitted to sustaining a large fleet of big, long-range submarines. Why?