Russia’s newest nuclear submarine on its way to a temporary base in the Arctic, TASS reports

It's the sixth in Russia's Borei-class of smaller and stealthier submarines, and carries up to 16 nuclear-tipped Bulava missiles.

By Reuters - January 18, 2023
An earlier Borei-class submarine, the Vladimir Monomakh, is seen at sea in an undated handout photo. (Russian Ministry of Defense)

The Russian navy’s newest nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine Generalissimo Suvorov is on its way to a temporary base for the Northern Fleet in the Arctic, the TASS news agency reported on Tuesday, citing an unidentified defense source.

“Recently, the submarine cruiser Generalissimo Suvorov has started moving from Severodvinsk, where it was located at the Sevmash shipyard, to a temporary base for the Northern Fleet,” the state agency cited its source as saying.

The strategic submarine was officially included into the Russian navy at the end of 2022 by President Vladimir Putin.

It is set to eventually join and bolster the Russian Pacific Fleet’s force of nuclear-powered submarines and to be moved to the Rybachiy submarine base on the Kamchatka Peninsula in the summer.

The submarine is the sixth vessel of the Russian Borei-class smaller and stealthier submarines, Russian agencies have reported, a class of submarines that is replacing the country’s previous generations of ballistic missiles submarines.

It carries up to 16 nuclear-tipped Russian Bulava missiles that each is capable of carrying more than one nuclear warhead.

Reporting by Lidia Kelly in Melbourne.

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