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All submarines of the Russian Black Sea Fleet have gone to sea

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All airworthy submarines of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, from which the Russian Federation can launch missiles across Ukraine, are now at sea.

Source: Crimea. Réalités (Radio Svoboda project), citing its correspondent

Details: In the afternoon of May 13, in the south of the bay of Sevastopol, the quays where the submarines usually stand were empty.

The Russian Black Sea Fleet has a total of six submarines of the “Varshavianka” project: B-261 Novorossiysk, B-237 Rostov-na-Donu, B-262 Stary Oskol, B-265 Krasnodar, B-268 Veliky Novgorod and B-271 Kolpin.

Project 636 “Varshavianka” submarines (NATO reporting class “Improved Kilo”) are a type of multi-purpose diesel-electric submarine. Their range is up to 7500 miles. They can work 45 days, with a crew of 52, including 12 officers.

In addition to torpedoes and mines, submarines such as the “Varshavianka” carry cruise missiles such as the Caliber, which are used in various modifications for naval and land purposes. Each submarine is armed with four of these missiles.

Russia is carrying out missile strikes on Ukraine from its submarines, said Andrii Ryzhenko, an expert at the Center for Defense Strategies and captain of the first rank of the Ukrainian Armed Forces reserves.

The Black Sea Fleet also includes a project 877 “Paltus” submarine, B-871 “Alrosa”, but since May 2019 it has been under repair at the 13th Shipyard in Kilen Bay. “Alrosa” would prepare for sea trials after the repair.

Meanwhile, a large Russian Black Sea Fleet landing ship destroyed in Berdyansk was sent for repair to Sevastopol. According to “Crimea.Realities”, the port side of the ship has been damaged, large dents are visible, gray paint is missing in places, and in its place there are large red spots – this is the color of the primer that is applied before painting.

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