The new vessels will be joined by a further seven ships which are undergoing repairs and refurbishment in naval shipyards in Severodvinsk. Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said: “In 2019, the shipbuilding program of enterprises integrated into the United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) stipulates the construction of seven combat ships, including three nuclear-powered submarines and one diesel-electric sub, and the completion of the repairs of seven warships and vessels.
“The completion of the construction and the delivery of the nuclear-powered underwater cruisers Knyaz Vladimir and Kazan to the Navy are top-priority tasks for the United Shipbuilding Corporation, Sevmash and some design organizations.
“On the instruction of the supreme commander-in-chief, the entire amount of work has to be completed this year.
“These ships will define the future outlook of our underwater fleet and will help raise Russia’s defence potential and strengthen its positions in the World Ocean.”
“Today we will discuss the issues related to the delivery of these submarines and the repair of the heavy nuclear-powered missile cruiser Admiral Nakhimov and preparations for building blue-water ships.”
Russia has made no secret it is beefing up its naval power and just before Christmas it announced the addition of six warships of various classes and six support vessels to its Black Sea Fleet this year.
Fleet Commander Vice-Admiral Alexander Moiseyev said new patrol ships Vasily Bykov and Dmitry Rogachev, ocean minesweeper Ivan Antonov and a fast-speed amphibious assault ship of a new Project are to enter service with the Black Sea Fleet.
The corvette Orekhovo-Zuyevo armed with Kalibr cruise missiles has already been accepted for service in the Black Sea Fleet .
Vice-Admiral Moiseyev said: “The delivery of 12 warships and vessels is planned for 2019: six combat ships and six support vessels.
“All the vessels expected to be accepted for service are now serial-produced.
“These will be missile corvettes and patrol ships, and the component of the support fleet and hydrographic survey vessels are also important for us.”