Victor-III nuclear submarine to be scrapped soon in Severodvinsk

Publish date: April 8, 2005

Zvezdochka shipyard is preparing to start dismantling of the Victor-III multipurpose nuclear submarine, project 671RTM, Interfax reported.

The submarine was placed in the dock on March 15. Canada sponsors the work in the frames of the Global Partnership program adopted in 2002 at the G8 summit. The program stipulates allocating $20 billion for elimination of the excessive weapons in the former USSR. Russia suggested spending some sum on the decommissioning of the multipurpose nuclear submarine, even if they are unable to carry nuclear weapons.

At the fist stage of the dismantlement the nuclear fuel will be removed from the submarine’s reactor, which will be placed for storage with two neighbouring compartments. Then the rest of the submarine will be scrapped.