Last fall, theSeverodvinsk” test launched the submarine version of the new Russian hypersonic cruise missile Tsirkon in the Barents Sea. It is unclear whether the submarine is armed with the Tsirkon as it now sails in the Baltic Sea, the first trip to the region for Russia’s 4th generation Yasen-class nuclear multi-purpose submarines.
The Danish armed forces confirm in a Tweeter this “Severodvinsk” is now in transit from Skagerak to the Baltic Sea. The Navy Tug”Pamirs“and landing ship”Ivan Gren“sailing with the submarine.
Norwegian joint headquarters spokeswoman Major Elisabeth Eikeland would not say whether the submarine sailed submerged or surfaced along the Norwegian coast.
In previous years, nuclear-powered submarines performing an inter-fleet transfer en route from the Northern Fleet to the St. Petersburg Naval Parade have sailed on the surface all along the Norwegian coast, probably because the ships were not prepared for combat readiness.
Previous Northern Fleet nuclear-powered submarines participating in the St. Petersburg Naval Parade include:
- 2017: The Typhoon Class »Dmitry Donskoy”
- 2018: The Oscar-II class »orel”
- 2019: The Oscar-II class »Smolensk”
- 2020: The Oscar-II class »orel”
- 2021: The Oscar-II class »orel“, the Borei class “Knyaz Vladimir» and the Akula class «Vepr”
There “Severodvinsk(K-560) was commissioned in 2013 as the lead ship of the new Yasen class. The 139 meter long vessel is powered by a nuclear reactor and has Zapadnaya Litsa as its home port.
Russian Navy Day is celebrated annually on the last Sunday of July.