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SSBN Yekaterinburg Returns to Navy in 2014

SSBN Yekaterinburg Returns to Navy in 2014 23.04.2012
Text: Lenta.Ru
Photo: K-84 Yekaterinburg. army-news.ru
Repair of Project 667BDRM Delfin nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) K-84 Yekaterinburg suffered a fire in Dec 2011 will be completed in the next two years, reports Interfax referring to Russian vice premier Dmitry Rogozin. As for him, recovery of the sub will finish in June 2014, and then she will be re-commissioned into Russian Navy to be in service till the end of 2018.

Cost of repair will be almost half as much as was initially planned, since the shipbuilders managed to find sonar Skat-BDRM for the sub. "It was found in depot, still lubricated, as they say. Thanks to that, repair costs have been 50 percent reduced", said Rogozin having noted that the fire damage was half as much as reported in the press. "So, although the numbers are not said, you can easily calculate it", pointed out the vice premier.

As was reported in Jan 2012 by ITAR-TASS, fire damage inflicted to the submarine exceeded RUR 1 bln. Later on, damage was assessed as RUR 600 mln.

The fire destructed sonar and seriously damaged rubber coating of the sub's outer hull. According to Rogozin, recovery of SSBN Yekaterinburg will start at Zvezdochka shipyard when repair of another submarine is finished there. Expectedly, that would happen in May 2012.

Fire occurred on Dec 29, 2011 on SSBN Yekaterinburg passing scheduled overhaul at a ship-repair plant in Murmansk. Nine persons suffered from the fire during 20 hours of extinguishing works. Two criminal cases were initiated on the basis of Clause 286/3, RF Criminal Cause (excess of power resulted in grievous consequences) and Clause 347, RF Criminal Cause (destruction or damage of military property by negligence).

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