A keel-laying ceremony of the Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky and the Volkhov submarines, set to join Russia's Pacific Fleet, took place at the Admiralty Shipyard in St. Petersburg, Friday. The ceremony was held ahead of Russia's Navy Day, which is celebrated on July 30.
The ceremony was attended by Russian Deputy Defence Minister Yuri Borisov, St. Petersburg Governor Gerogi Poltavchenko and Governor... Еще of Leningrad Region Alexander Drozdenko.
Borisov noted that «the laying of a ship or a submarine is always a celebration» before adding that it was «a step forward for the defence development of our beloved motherland.»
The two Project 636.3 Varshavyanka third generation diesel-electric submarines are capable of reaching a surface speed of up to 20 knots and diving to a depth of 300 metres (984,25 feet). The vessels also have a cruising capacity of 45 days and a crew of 52 servicemen.
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