Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Submariner families celebrate holidays in Yekaterinburg

The crews of submarines "Yekaterinburg" and "Verkhoturye" were recently given leave to spend the holidays with their families in Yekaterinburg.

A total of 141 naval servicemen and women docked their vessels in Severdvinsk prior to returning to their families for the Christmas and New Year celebrations, Oblastnaya Gazeta reports.

The underwater naval program was piloted in 1999 as a function of the Yekaterinburg administration. In 2001, the submarine "Yekaterinburg" was designed and paid for through a charity fundraiser. The one-man "Verkhoturye" vessel was built and deployed in 2011.

Throughout 2013, more than $2 million in charitable aid has been collected and disbursed to Yekaterinburg's submarine crews, according to Oblastnaya Gazeta.