Canada finances seventh nuclear submarine dismantlement at Zvezdochka shipyard in Severodvinsk

Publish date: April 24, 2007

The military shipyard Zvezdochka in the city of Severodvinsk in the Arkhangelsk region has started the seventh nuclear submarine dismantlement financed by Canada, reported the Russian news agency ITAR-TASS.

According to the shipyard’s spokeswoman Nadezhda Shcherbinina, the nuclear submarine B-524 Zapadnaya Litsa has been removed from service and is now ready for dismantlement. “According to the G8-Global Partnership of 2002, Canada will finance the dismantlement of 12 Russian nuclear submarines that are not equipped with intercontinental ballistic missiles,” she said. Ottawa is going to pay about 100 million Canadian dollars for the dismantling.

The nuclear submarine B-524 “Zapadnaya Zvezda” (a Victor-III class submarine according to NATO classification) is part of the project “Sсhuka” and was built at the Admiralteysky shipyard in St. Petersburg in 1977. Originally, 3 submarines of this kind were built, with a length of 102 m and a displacement of up to 6.990 tons.