Diesel sub St. Petersburg was firstly put to sea as operational unit

Lada-class 4th generation diesel electric submarine St. Petersburgfor the first time was put to sea as operational unit of Russian Navy.The sub left Neva Harbor heading for ranges in the Baltic Sea.Submariners will test various systems, mechanisms, and equipment indifferent modes.

According to Mikhail Aleksandrov, deputy director general of Admiralteyskie Verfi shipyard, lead diesel electric submarine St. Petersburg was delivered to the Navy on May 8, 2010 when the St. Andrew's flag was hoisted at the sub. Similar Lada-classsubmarines (displacement is 1,765 tons) will constitute a series ofRussian diesel electric subs developed late 20 century by designers of Rubin Central Design Bureau for Marine Engineering (St. Petersburg).

The main feature of the series is combination of small size and highsilence with powerful torpedo and missile armament. These submarinesare designed for destruction of enemy's submarines and surface ships;defense of naval bases, sea shore, and sea lanes; conductingreconnaissance.

Submarine St. Petersburg was laid down in 1997, launched on Oct 28, 2004. At present, Project 677 submarines Kronshtadt (laid down July 28, 2005) and Sevastopol (laid down on Nov 10, 2006) are at different levels of completeness in Admiralteyskie Verfi.

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