MOSCOW, March 17 (RIA Novosti) - Russia has started
mooring trials of the first Borey class nuclear-powered
strategic submarine, which will be equipped with Bulava
sea-based ballistic missiles, the defense minister said on
"In line with the program on the introduction of new Borey
class nuclear-powered strategic submarines into the Russian
Navy, we have begun mooring trials of the first submarine in
the series - the Yury Dolgoruky submarine," Anatoly Serdyukov
said at a meeting in the defense Ministry attended by President
The submarine, built at the Sevmash plant in northern
Russia, was taken out of dry dock in April 2007.
The vessel is 170 meters (580 feet) long, has a hull
diameter of 13 meters (42 feet), a crew of 107, including 55
officers, a maximum depth of 450 meters (about 1,500 feet) and
a submerged speed of about 29 knots. It can carry up to 16
ballistic missiles and torpedoes.