Zvezdochka dismantling two nuclear subs

Publish date: April 2, 2004

First in the history of the shipyard its dock chamber accommodated two 949 project nuclear submarines Granite.

Two nuclear submarines – K-206 Murmansk and K-525 Arkhangelsk were placed at the Zvezdochka’s dock chamber for dismantling, Regnum reported. In the end of January Arkhangelsk was divided in two parts, then the bow was transferred under the roof of workshop no.15, while the afterbody remained in the dock chamber. Such a separation operation of the gigantic submarine hull has never been done before by any company in the world, Dvina-inform reported.

Arkhangelsk (order 605) was built at the Sevmash plant in Severodvinsk, Arkhangelsk region, and joined the Russian navy in October 1981. K-525 went 70 thousand miles during 800 operational days. The submarine reached the maximum depth 600m in 1983. Arkhangelsk regularly “watched” the NATO navy exercises during the cold war, although today a NATO member, Great Britain, pays for K-525 and K-206 scrapping in the frames of the G8 program “Global Partnership against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction”.