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
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
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.