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Belgorod submarine with Status-6 Poseidon will be a part of Pacific Fleet.

| 2021

According to information published by Tass on April 6, 2021, the Belgorod nuclear special-designation submarine of project 09852 will operate in the Pacific fleet, a source close to the Defense Ministry told.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001Belgorod nuclear special-designation submarine of project 09852 (Picture source: Sputink News)

“According to preliminary information, the Belgorod will operate in the Pacific Ocean, but it is capable of missions in any part of the World Ocean,” the source said. Sevmash Shipyard, which builds the submarine, refused comment.

Earlier a source told TASS the Belgorod would begin acceptance trials in May 2021. Another source said that, besides Poseidon underwater craft, it will carry AS-15 nuclear deep-water station.

The Belgorod was floated on April 23, 2019.

The Belgorod nuclear submarine was initially built as Antey-class of project 949A. It was laid by Sevmash on July 24, 1992, and re-laid on December 20, 2012, by project 09852 and floated on April 23, 2019. The technical characteristics are kept secret. In November 2018, the Defense Ministry said the crew of the submarine had been formed.

The nuclear-powered Belgorod is neither an attack submarine nor a ballistic missile sub. A special mission submarine, Belgorod will be a mothership to other undersea vessels. The sub can carry a payload on its back, behind the sail, or a Losharik class mini-submarine that attaches and detaches to the bottom of the hull.

The hull was lengthened to approximately 184 meters (604 feet) and the ship’s displacement ballooned to 30,000 tons submerged--more than fifty per cent greater than the U.S. Navy’s Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines. The result of an unfinished hull the Belgorod is a one-off, and there will not be another one like it.

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