Russia’s nuclear-powered ballistic submarine: Yury Dolgoruky


Yury Dolgoruky, the “Long-Armed” (1099-1157), was a Russian prince from the Rurik dynasty, who founded Moscow. He reigned as Grand Prince of Kiev from 1149 to 1151 and again from 1155 to 1157.

A statue in the Russian capital shows him sitting on his battle-horse, clad in armour, stretching his right arm far away from his body, to point at the distance, as if he wanted to say, “All of this land is mine, all mine.”

 by Olivia Kroth

 Just like the long-armed prince laid the first stone of Moscow, so the nuclear-powered ballistic submarine, Yury Dolgoruky, was the first submarine of the Borei class for the Russian Navy, commissioned on the 10th of January 2013. It was designed by the Rubin Marine Engineering Bureau and built at the Sevmash shipyard in Severodvinsk.

In a video conference with Russia’s Defence Minister, Sergei Shoigu, President Vladimir Putin said, “Today, the Russian naval ensign was hoisted on the nuclear submarine, Yury Dolgoruky, a nuclear submarine of the new generation.”

The Russian President promised that “Vessels of this class will become a critical element of the naval component of Russia’s strategic forces, a guarantee of global balance, the security of Russia and its allies.”

President Vladimir Putin pointed out that “The modernization of the fleet is one of our top priorities as part of strengthening the Armed Forces. Over four trillion roubles have been allocated for the State Armament Programme until 2020.”

Russian armament is going to be produced in Russia exclusively, except for some rare parts that need to be bought abroad. The President explained, “Sevmash will be the key company executing the orders. This legendary shipyard has already built over 120 nuclear-powered submarines for the Russian Navy.”



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