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SSBN Tula Celebrates 25-th Anniversary

SSBN Tula Celebrates 25-th Anniversary 06.11.2012
Text: World Arms Trade Analytic Center
Photo: vetsubmlat.narod.ru
On Nov 6, crew of nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) Tula celebrated 25-th anniversary since hoisting of the national naval ensign.

According to Western Military District Press Service, crew of the submarine many times won the Navy Commander's Prize. The sub has covered hundreds of nautical miles (in total, 5 times around the world), carried out dozens of practice missile launches and deployments to key regions worldwide.

Experts of JSC Zvezdochka Ship Repair Center performed modernization works on the submarine, mounted new up-to-date sonar, navigation, and radio technical systems. Today, SSBN Tula meets all present-day requirements imposed upon nuclear submarines and yields to none of analogous foreign subs.

SSBN Tula was laid down on Feb 22, 1984 at Sevmash shipyard (Severodvinsk) and launched on the same day of 1987. After successful completion of state acceptance trials, Soviet naval ensign was hoisted on the submarine on Nov 6, 1987 and SSBN Tula was commissioned into Soviet Navy. On Nov 29, 1987 the sub moved to her permanent basing site at Northern Fleet.

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