Thursday, July 27, 2017

Yekaterinburg submarine leaves Zvezdochka shipyard

The Yekaterinburg, a strategic nuclear-powered submarine, left the slip dock of the Zvedochka ship repair center on Friday.

Construction of the submarine, project 667BDRM Delfin-class Delta IV, began in 1981 at the Sevmash Northern Machine-Building Enterprise, PortNews reports.

It was first laid down on February 17, 1982. Three years later the submarine was commissioned into the Soviet Navy and continued to serve after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Seven ships of this type were ordered by the RF Navy between 1984 and 1990. A complete overhaul of the ships was undertaken in 1999 through 2012. The Zvezdochka Shipyard was modernized at this time, as well.

The ship was known by its hull number before being named after the city of Yekaterinburg in 1999. The ship was fully modernized in 2003 and in 2012 it was delivered to Zvedochka for repair. This extended the ship's lifespan by three years. All Delfin-class submarines are expected to undergo repair and a lifetime extension at Zvedochka, according to PortNews.