The Russian Pacific Fleet will commission a new Kilo class submarine next week.
In a statement to TASS Russian News Agency, Russian state media, on the Russian Ministry of Defence said:
“A ceremony will take place at the Admiralty Shipyard in St. Petersburg on November 25 to accept the first Project 636.3 diesel-electric submarine Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky for service in the Pacific Fleet. The St. Andrew’s flag will be raised on the submarine.”
The submarine has completed both factory and state trials in the Baltic Sea, the Russian Ministry of Defence said. The testing confirmed that the submarine is ready for operational duty.
The submarine is part of the Project 636.3 Improved Kilo II class of submarines. The Black Sea Fleet has already received six submarines of this type. Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky will be the first for the Pacific Fleet, out of an order for six signed several years ago.
The addition of the submarines to the Pacific Fleet will bring the Kalibr cruise missile into the fleet’s inventory, say TASS. TASS also noted that the Russian Navy is presently considering adding another order of Project 636.3 submarines for the Baltic Fleet.
Project 636.3 submarines are 74 metres long and displace over 3,900 tons. They submarines can dive to a maximum depth of 300 meters. They have a range of 7,500 nautical miles. The submarines have a maximum speed of 20 knots and an endurance of 45 days, say the Russian Navy.