Modernised submarine Karelia begins at-sea testing
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Last Updated: Saturday, November 14, 2009, 17:55
Arkhangelsk: The strategic submarine K-18 Karelia of the Russian Northern Fleet has begun at-sea testing after upgrading at the Zvyozdochka ship repair centre in Severodvinsk.

The submarine will be handed over to the Navy and moved to its permanent base in the Arctic before the end of the year, the plant press service said.

The Karelia was relaunched after repairs in November 2008. Its service life has been extended by another ten years.

According to the Zvyozdochka press service, about 100 improvements were made to the Karelia. It is armed with new RSM-54 Sineva missiles that were put into service in July 2007.

The Karelia was built at the Sevmash shipyard in Severodvinsk and handed over to the Russian Navy in 1989.

In 1994, the submarine made a trip to the North Pole where the national flag and the Navy flag were hoisted for the first time in the history of the Russian Navy.

President Vladimir Putin was sailed aboard the submarine in April 2000 and was initiated as a submariner in a ceremony during the trip.

The Karelia was placed at the Zvyozdochka shipyard in November 2006. Before that, four nuclear-powered submarines of the same project -- the Verkhoturye, the Yekaterinburg, the Tula, and the Bryansk - had undergone repairs there.

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First Published: Saturday, November 14, 2009, 17:55

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