Russian Navy commissioned its newest Project 636.3 Improved Kilo-class diesel-electric attack submarine Volkhov (B-603) during a ceremony in St. Petersburg on Oct. 24.
The ship was commissioned by the order of the Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy, Admiral Nikolai Yevmenov. The solemn ceremony of raising the Andreevsky flag (St Andrews’s flag), the ensign of the Navy, on the submarine and its inclusion in the Navy took place at the facility of submarine’s builder Admiralty Shipyard, part of the United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC).
The ceremony was attended by representatives of the Main Command of the Navy, the leadership of the United Shipbuilding Corporation, Admiralty Shipyards, design organizations, shipbuilders of the plant and veterans of the Navy, representatives of the administration of St. Petersburg and Volkhov.
“At present, the crew of the Volkhov submarine is faced with the task of fully integrating into the Pacific Fleet Submarine Force and serving valiantly, observing the glorious traditions of Pacific submariners. It is planned that by 2024 a series of 6 units of non-nuclear submarines of project 636.3 will be built for the Pacific Ocean, which will raise the solution of tasks by the Pacific Fleet to a new level of efficiency in its operational area of responsibility,” said the Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy, Admiral Nikolai Evmenov.
Volkhov is the second of six Project 636.3 submarines being built by the Admiralty shipyard for the Russian Pacific Fleet Submarine Forces. The submarine was laid down in July 2017 and was launched in December 2019.
Project 636.3 diesel-electric submarines are among the lowest noise in the world and have a high combat efficiency. The optimal combination of acoustic stealth and target detection range, the latest inertial navigation system, modern automated information and control system, and powerful torpedo and missiles ensure that the submarines of the class are best in the world among non-nuclear submarines.
The first submarine of the class, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, was handed over to the Navy in November 2019. At present, two more submarines of the series – Magadan and Ufa – are being built at Admiralty Shipyards’ facilities. All three blocks of each of the ships have passed hydraulic tests.
“Construction of the series is proceeding on schedule and according to the contract”, according to the Navy.