Delta-III back in service after 11 years repairs

Publish date: March 4, 2004

November last year Russian Delta-III nuclear submarine returned to its base at the Pacific Fleet, Daily News from Vladivostok reported.

The sub returned to the 25th Squadron of the Strategic Missile Cruisers on Kamchatka. Nuclear submarine Svyatoy Georgiy Pobedonosets, project 667 BDR, Delta-III class (before 15.09.1998 – K-433) was built at the Sevmash plant in Severodvinshk, Arkhangelsk region. It has two nuclear reactors onboard. Submarines of this class carry the D-16RM missile system with 16 R-29RM (SS-N-23) missiles. The sub entered active service at the Northern Fleet on December 15th, 1980. On April 28th, 1992, the submarine crossed the Arctic and reached Kamchatka. It joined the Russian Pacific Fleet on November 3, 1993 and then spent 11 years, half of its lifetime, at the shipyard Zvezda. It was about to be dismantled in the end of 90’s, but somehow the Russian Defence Ministry recently provided the funds and the sub was quickly repaired. The submariners even have the official priest onboard who serves the crewmembers onboard.