Submarine brigade to be set up at Russian Black Sea Fleet base in Novorossiysk

The Russian Black Sea Fleet will restore a submarine unit with the commissioning of six new submarines built by Admiralty Shipyards, Russian Navy Deputy Commander Viktor Bursuk told Interfax-AVN on Thursday.

The Russian Black Sea Fleet will restore a submarine unit with the commissioning of six new submarines built by Admiralty Shipyards, Russian Navy Deputy Commander Viktor Bursuk told Interfax-AVN on Thursday.

"Infrastructure for new submarines is being created in Novorossiysk. A brigade of submarine forces will be set up there as well," Bursuk said in reply to a question from Interfax-AVN.

Bursuk took part in a ceremony of launching a Project 636.3 submarine called Novorossiysk, the first of the six submarines ordered for the Black Sea Fleet.

Next year, the Novorossiysk will undergo performance trials near Europe and then will depart for its first cruise toward its future base, he said.

The Novorossiysk was laid down in August 2010, the second submarine of the series, the Rostov-on-Don, in November 2011 and the Stary Oskol in August 2012.

The Novorossiysk is to be commissioned for the Black Sea Fleet in July 2014 and will be attached to the Novorossiysk Naval Base. The sixth submarine should be commissioned for the Navy in 2016.

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