Russia’s Baltic Fleet To Get Six Karakurt-Class Corvettes, Four With Pantsir-M

Naval News – The Russian Navy’s Baltic fleet will receive a series of six Karakurt-class corvettes of project 22800.

Russia’s New Super Quiet Ballistic Missile Sub In “Final” Sea Trials After Years Of Delays

War Zone – The Russian Navy’s newest ballistic missile submarine, the Project 955A Borei-A class Knyaz Vladimir, has headed out for its “final” sea trials, indicating that it could finally enter service in the near future. The boat was originally set to formally join Russia’s Northern Fleet back in 2017, but that schedule repeatedly slipped due to technical issues.

The Russian autonomous uninhabited underwater vehicle Vityaz reaches the bottom of the Mariana Trench

BMPD – The Russian Advanced Research Foundation said that on May 8, 2020, at 22 hours 34 minutes Moscow time, the Russian autonomous uninhabited underwater vehicle Vityaz plunged to the bottom of the Mariana Trench. The Vityaz sensors recorded a depth of 10,028 meters. During this dive, a pennant was delivered to the bottom of the Mariana Trench, dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the victory in the Great Patriotic War. (In Russian)

(Thanks to Alain)

Russia to float out new sub to carry Poseidon nuke drone in late June

Tass – The second submarine to serve as a basic carrier of Russia’s Poseidon nuclear-capable underwater drones will be floated out approximately in late June.

(Thanks to Alain)

Russia Builds Up Mediterranean Naval Force

Naval News – The Russian Navy is reinforcing its naval group in the Mediterranean Sea. Two new submarines with Kalibr cruise missiles joined it. Other warships are to arrive. The Mediterranean group is reinforced on the background of the escalating civil war in Libya and the tanker war in the Gulf.

Suspected Russian Spy Ship Loitering Near French Submarine Trials

Naval News – When the Marine Nationale’s latest submarine, Suffren (Q284) conducted its first test dives it grabbed headlines. What went largely unnoticed by the world was that a Russian ship had been loitering in the area. RFS Akademik Pashin (IMO: 9778193) is a Project 23130 replenishment tanker.

Battle For The Arctic: Russia Plans Nuke Icebreaker, US Counters China In Greenland

Breaking Defense – Two Russian companies announced an agreement today to build the world’s most powerful nuclear icebreaker, the first step in a bold new Arctic strategy Moscow hopes will bring riches and drive open lucrative new shipping routes.

An Overview of the New Hydrographic Vessels of the Russian Navy

Naval News – The navigation and oceanography department of the Russian Defense Ministry will receive a dozen new hydrographic boats and vessels by 2021. Each Russian Navy fleet will be reinforced with them.

Russia Has Abandoned Its Massive Nuclear Destroyer And Supersized Frigate Programs

War Zone – Russia’s Severnoye Design Bureau has stopped development entirely of its Project 23560 destroyers, also known as the Lider class, and the Project 22350M frigate, an expanded derivative of the Project 22350 Admiral Gorshkov class. The company has said these ships are among its most promising future offerings and the halting of the two programs has raised questions about its long-term financial stability.

Navy gets new vessel for secret underwater operations in Arctic

Barents Observer – The 96 meter long special-purpose ship “Akademik Aleksandrov” has been formally incorporated in Russia’s Northern Fleet.

Naval Gazing as the World Economy Goes Up in Flames

National Interest – An annual Russian naval estimate reveals Moscow’s continuing shipbuilding dilemmas, as well as a contrast to China’s naval development prowess.

Entire crew of nuclear submarine in coronavirus quarantine

Barents Observer – A civilian who went onboard the Russian cruise-missile carrier “Orel” had met with a man who tested positive to the coronavirus.

Check Out This Soviet Submarine Firing A Nuclear Ballistic Missile While Docked Pierside

War Zone – The Russian Navy has reportedly looked into reviving this tactic, but for cruise-missile armed submarines.

First modernized Akula attack submarine returns to Northern Fleet

Barents Observer – The K-157 “Vepr” is first of five upgraded Akula-class subs that are about to return to active duty in the Barents Sea.

Project 955A Borei-A SSBN To Reinforce Russian Navy Pacific Fleet

Naval News – Borei-A-class SSBN of project 955A will operate in the Far East. Five out of eight submarines will serve in the Pacific fleet. The Russian Navy is restoring the Far Eastern nuclear arsenal which was nearly lost thirty years ago.

Which Future Destroyer For The Russian Navy ? – Part 2

Naval News – The main missions of big-displacement warships armed with a major number of missiles is to provide air defense to warship formations and deliver missile strikes at sea and coastal targets.

Which Future Destroyer For The Russian Navy ? – Part 1

Naval News – Open sources reported in July 2018 that it had been decided to take a break in the creation of a prospective destroyer (heavy nuclear missile cruiser) of project 23560. A publication in February 2020 in FlotProm online media outlet did not add anything new.

Russia’s Borei-Class & Delta IV-Class SSBNs To Deploy Burak-M EW Buoys

Naval News – The Russian Navy will be protected against adversary antisubmarine aircraft and drones. Burak-M buoys will make a sea area impenetrable. Communications by all channels will be jammed or complicated to the maximum by the new system. It is intended for Borey-class SSBN of project 955 and Dolphin-class of project 667BDRM, as well as diesel-electric submarines.

Russian submarine hunters on record long mission in north Atlantic

Barents Observer – A pair of Northern Fleet Tu-142s has for the fourth time in just over two weeks been on mission outside Norway. The flight on Wednesday went all south to the Bay of Biscay.

Video Shows Thrusters, Sauna, Other Features Of Russia’s Newest Ballistic Missile Submarine

War Zone – The Borei-A class boats are said to be among the quietest in Russia’s fleet and they feature some amenities that are distinctly Russian.-

Russian anti-sub aircraft on combat training further south in the GIUK gap than normal

Barents Observer – Norwegian and British fighter jets were scrambled two times this week to meet a pair of the Northern Fleet’s ASW aircraft on training mission over the Norwegian Sea.

Russia stages first ship-launched ‘Tsirkon’ hypersonic missile test

Barents Observer – Russia has conducted the first ship-launched firing of its new hypersonic missile called Tsirkon and plans further tests from nuclear submarines.

Inside Russia’s Laika Next Generation Attack Submarine

Naval News – The Project 545 ‘Laika’ was first revealed in the background of a media report on a Russian defense exhibition in December. Although it has not been officially confirmed the new design is likely to be the next generation Russian attack submarine project known as Husky. The name Laika refers to a breed of Siberian hunting dog very similar to the husky.