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.

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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?

Russia Tried to Build Nuclear-Armed Carrier Killer Missiles

National Interest – For all of the analysis concerning the real dangers posed by ‘carrier-killer’ weapons being developed by China and now Iran, one thing remains constant: hitting a moving target in the vast expanses of the open oceans of the world is not easy.

Russia’s Naval Strategy in the Mediterranean

Russian Military Reform – The Mediterranean will play a key role in Russian naval strategy because of its strategic significance as an access point to southern Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa. For Russia, the Mediterranean symbolizes the larger competition between Moscow and Washington.

Russian Navy To Be First To Field Hypersonic Cruise Missiles On Submarines

Forbes – The Russian Navy is expected to be the first country to field hypersonic cruise missiles on its submarines, potentially giving it some strategic advantages in naval warfare.

(Thanks to Alain)

Olenya Guba

Covert Shores – Fresh satellite imagery recently made available on Google Earth confirms that Russian Navy’s Beluga Whale pens have been moved to a stable position near the entrance of the Olenya Guba (Оленья Губа) secret submarine base near the Kola Peninsula. These pens were most likely involved in the whale which turned up in Norway in May. Additionally they confirm that the special mission host submarine BS-64 Podmoskovye returned to its home base of Olenya Guba very shortly after the Losharik submarine accident on July 1st.

(Thanks to Alain)

The Russian Navy: A Submarine Powerhouse?

National Interest – Will Moscow have the funds to keep an elite force under the waves?

It’s Time to Talk About A2/AD: Rethinking the Russian Military Challenge

War on the Rocks – America’s strategy community has a problem that it likes to call “A2/AD,” and while the symptoms are very real, in the case of Russia strategists and planners have largely misdiagnosed the nature of the challenge.

F-35s Obsolete? Russia Has Lots of Thoughts on the Future of Aircraft Carriers

National Interest – Carrier advocates will often make the dubious claim that a couple of missiles or even a torpedo could not actually sink these hulking ships. Perhaps not, but please try to imagine the armada that would have to be assembled to rescue a disabled ship of this stature.

Here’s What Russia Thinks About the Future of America’s Aircraft Carriers

National Interest – Envious but also dubious.

Submarine “Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky” at sea

BMPD – The first in the series large diesel-electric submarine B-274 Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky (serial number 01614) of project 06363, built by Admiralty Shipyards in St. Petersburg Petersburg for the Pacific Fleet, went to factory sea trials in the Baltic Sea from St. Petersburg.

(Thanks to Alain)

A Guide to Becoming an Admiral in the Russian Navy

War on the Rocks – American national security analysts and practitioners would be well advised to follow who is rising to the senior ranks of the Russian military.

Russia’s Fire-Damaged “Losharik” Spy Submarine Heads For Repairs As New Details Emerge

War Zone – New information is trickling out about the harrowing incident that killed 14 decorated submariners as Russia moves to make the sub serviceable again.

Faulty battery may have sparked Russian submarine fire

Guardian – A malfunctioning lithium-ion battery may have sparked a deadly fire on a top-secret Russian nuclear submersible earlier this month that killed 14 naval officers.

In 1981, A British Submarine Smashed Into a Russian Sub (Armed with Nuclear Weapons)

National Interest – At least we are pretty sure. Read on.

(Thanks to Alain…)

What Was That Secret Russian Sub Doing Before It Caught Fire?

Daily Beast – Fourteen people, including “an extraordinary crew of top elite captains,” were killed on board Losharik, which may be able to dive as deep as 20,000 feet.

Kremlin Releases New Details on Russian Submarine Fire, Identifies Sailors Killed

USNI News – The head of the Russian military released a handful of additional details about the fire aboard a specialized submarine that killed 14 submariners in the Barents Sea on Monday.

Damaged Russian Sub Linked to Underwater Drone Program

Washington Free Beacon – A fire aboard a secret Russian nuclear research vessel that killed 14 Russians may have been involved in secret operations by Moscow to support underwater drone operations.

Here’s Everything We Know About The Deadly Russian Submarine Fire

War Zone – Reports and rumors are flying about the accident, which may have been aboard the shadowy spy sub Losharik, as Putin clears his schedule.

14 Sailors Die on Secretive Russian Nuclear Submarine

USNI News – A fire that broke out on the secret Russian submarine Losharik has killed 14 sailors.

U.S. Warship Shadowing High-End Russian Frigate Near Cuba

USNI News – A U.S. destroyer is off the coast of Havana, Cuba, shadowing a detachment of Russian naval ships that includes one of the country’s most advanced surface ships.

Russia’s Most Modern Warship And Its Escorts Have Entered The Caribbean Sea

War Zone – It is the first time in years a Russian surface combatant has sailed into the region, let alone one able to fire modern land attack cruise missiles.