Two Oscar-I to be scrapped

Publish date: February 11, 1998

Written by: Igor Kudrik

SEVERODVINSK (Bellona Web): Two cruse missile Oscar-I class nuclear-powered submarines are scheduled for decommissioning shortly. The submarines will be scrapped at Sevmash yard situated in Severodvinsk, Arkhangelsk County.

Two Oscar-I class submarines will be scrapped shortly at the Sevmash yard in Severodvinsk. The scrapping will take place in the same dry docks where the submarines were built in 1980 and 1981 respectively.

The two submarines, K-525 (Arkhangelsk) and K-206 (Murmansk), are the only two of Oscar-I class in the Russian Navy, both are assigned to the Northern Fleet and having their home base in Bolshaya Lopatka, Zapadnaya Litsa Bay on the Kola Peninsula.

Russian Navy representatives put the fact of pulling this two submarines out of operation as "ahead of schedule", since their operational resources have not been worked up. The reasons are not named, but an assumption can be made that the Russian Navy does not have funding to keep the two submarines operative.

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