Borei-Class SSBN Joins Russian Navy’s Permanent Readiness Force

The Northern Fleet Commander Vice-Admiral Nikolai Yevmenov confirmed the two Northern Fleet’s Borei-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines (SSBN) —Yuri Dolgoruky and Vladimir Monomakh— have been assigned to the Russian Navy’s permanent readiness force. The third Borei-class SSBN, Aleksandr Nevsky, is in active service with the Pacific Fleet.

The Borei-class Vladimir Monomakh SSBN. ‘Rubin’ Central Design Bureau
The Borei-class Vladimir Monomakh SSBN. ‘Rubin’ Central Design Bureau

“As you know, the Northern Fleet was the first to commission Borei class strategic submarines. The vessels of this class have been assigned to the permanent readiness force, and their crews are effectively perform their assigned tasks,” Yevmenov said.

The announcement was made on the eve of the Northern Fleet’s 283rd anniversary on Wednesday.

The two submarines, capable of firing 16 RSM-56 Bulava submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBM) up to 8,300 km, will constantly patrol the Arctic and other regions of the globe.

A Bulava ICBM fired from a Borei-class SSBN. © Press service of the Western Military District of the Northern Fleet/Archive
A Bulava SLBM fired from a Borei-class SSBN. © Press service of the Western Military District of the Northern Fleet/Archive

The Borei-class submarines could also undertake patrols in southern latitudes, ending nearly two-decade of absence in the region.

By the end of 2020, the Russian Navy should operate no fewer than eight Borei-class SSBN. The next five —four of them are already under construction— are Borei II-class SSBN, capable of carrying more than 20 RSM-56 Bulava SLBMs.

 

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Jonathan Wade is the director of the ‘The Sentinel Analytical Group’ and a decorated veteran of the Canadian Forces. Specialized in tactical, strategic, intelligence and geopolitics analysis, Jonathan has a fondness for technical details. His military experience brought him valuable insight on the realities of conflicts and war. A combat veteran of Afghanistan, Jonathan brings in in-theatre experience. Jonathan writes about Russia, Canada and Arctic.