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Russian Navy commissions Project 677 Lada class submarine Kronshtadt.

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According to information published by Tass on January 31, 2024, the Russian Navy has officially commissioned the Project 677 Lada diesel-electric submarine Kronshtadt.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Commissioning ceremony of the Project 677 Lada submarine Kronshtadt. (Picture source: Tvspb)

The induction ceremony, marked by the hoisting of the naval flag, took place at the Admiralty Shipyards in St. Petersburg, a key facility within the United Shipbuilding Corporation.

During the event, Admiral Nikolay Yevmenov, Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy, announced the integration of the "Kronstadt" into the fleet, assigning it to the Kola Flotilla within the Northern Fleet.

It possesses a surface speed of 10 knots and an underwater speed of 21 knots. The submarine operates at a working depth of 250 meters, with a maximum submersion depth of 300 meters. With an autonomy of 45 days at sea, it accommodates a crew of 35.

Regarding dimensions, the submarine has a surface displacement of 1,765 tons and a submerged displacement of 2,650 tons. It measures 66.8 meters in length overall, with a maximum hull width of 7.1 meters and an average draft of 6.6 meters.

The submarine's power plant features a diesel-electric engine with full electric motion, including two diesel generators each producing 1250 kW, an all-mode electric motor of 4050 - 5500 horsepower, two backup electric motors of 102 horsepower each, a single low-noise propeller, and two battery banks each containing 120 elements.

Its armament comprises a mine-torpedo system with six bow torpedo tubes of 533 mm, capable of holding 18 torpedoes or mines. The submarine is also equipped with the "Kalibr" missile system. For air defense, it carries "Igla-1M", "Strela-3M", and "Verba" anti-aircraft missile systems, with 8 missiles in transport and launch containers.

About the class

They are designed for anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, mine-laying missions, as well as reconnaissance and surveillance. This versatility makes them suitable for protecting naval bases, seashores, and sea lanes.

Their advanced capabilities enable them to operate in various environments, from the Arctic to more temperate climates, extending Russia's strategic reach and influence. The Lada-class submarines are well-suited for A2/AD strategies, where the goal is to deny an adversary access to certain critical regions.

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