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.
“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.
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.