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World’s fastest submarine goes under
Published 24 July, 2008, 13:07
Edited 27 October, 2009, 09:41
The legendary Russian K-222 nuclear submarine – known as Papa in the West – is being scrapped. Dubbed ‘Golden Fish’ by Russian sailors because of the colour of its titanium alloy hull, it has been the world’s fastest underwater vessel for almost 40 years.
Commissioned in December 1969, the K-222 could travel at 44.7 knots – that’s over 80 kph. Armed with 10 anti-ship cruise missiles, it was designed to destroy aircraft carriers.
However the record swiftness came at a cost. Running at full speed, the Golden Fish was very noisy and the crew found the vibrations uncomfortable.
It was also far from cheap – some said the nickname referred to the huge cost of the submarine. It’s no surprise that only one vessel of this type was ever built.
K-222 is being dismantled in the northern naval port of Severodvinsk at the only Russian factory capable of cutting its titanium hull.
To mark the significance of the vessel, veterans have proposed transforming its control cabin into a monument.
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Kamchatka sub base to get overhaul
Published 05 September, 2007, 17:18
Russia's leader is visiting the town of Viluchinsk on the Kamchatka Peninsula in the country’s Far East. It’s the main atomic submarine base for Russia's Pacific fleet.
President Vladimir Putin met with commanders of the fleet's two nuclear submarines – the ‘Magadan’ and the ‘Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky’ and inspected the vessels and crews.
He also paid a visit to the headquarters of the 16th Submarine Squadron.
With a population of about 45,000 people, Viluchinsk was specially built to support and supply Russia's Pacific Fleet.
The submarine base was almost closed several years ago, but plans now are to make it one of the most modern in Russia. According to a top Russian commander, Viluchinsk will be the first-ever to have everything a base like that needs. Changes include not only the port facilities, but also the social infrastructure, from sports fields to new housing.
Vladimir Putin said he was satisfied with what he saw in Kamchatka.
While being there, the Russian President tried his volleyball and bowling skills at the new sports center in Viluchinsk. First Deputy Prime Minister Sergey Ivanov also tried his luck at the game and was equally successful.
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