Russia Try to Repair One More Submarine Carrying Kalibr Cruise Missiles

Alrosa submarine in temporarily occupied Sevastopil / Photo credits: Krym.Realii
Alrosa submarine in temporarily occupied Sevastopil / Photo credits: Krym.Realii

The occupiers can keep half of their submarines in positions in the Black Sea

On June 28 of this year, the russians in the temporarily occupied Crimea once again launched the B-871 Alrosa diesel-electric submarine for sea trials. This submarine was being repaired at the 13th ship repair plant in temporarily occupied Sevastopil and apparently already received the ability to launch cruise missiles of the Kalibr type, reports "Krym.Realii" with a reference to the resource "Krymskyi veter".

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russians are trying to take the Alrosa submarine into the sea / Photo credits: Krymskyi veter

The previous time, the occupiers tried to take Alrosa for sea trials in early May 2022. But this attempt ended in fiasco: right after the first time in 8 years, this submarine had to be towed by the russians back to the waters of the 13th ship repair plant.

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Russia Try to Repair One More Submarine Carrying Kalibr Cruise Missiles, Defense Express, war in Ukraine, Russian-Ukrainian war
russians tow the Alrosa submarine back to the 13th ship repair plant in the temporarily occupied Sevastopil / Photo credit: Krym.Realii

Currently, the russians have only four combat-capable project 636 submarines in the Black Sea, the other two submarines were “stuck” off the coast of Syria before the start of the war and cannot return to the occupied Crimea. Therefore, the possibility of introducing another submarine capable of launching Kalibr into the Black Sea Fleet of the russian federation looks threatening.

However, Alrosa is considered to be one of the most problematic ships of the Black Sea Fleet of the russian federation: out of 34 years of service, this submarine spent 14 years undergoing various repairs, mainly due to problems with its specific water-jet propulsion system.

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Two diesel-electric submarines of the Black Sea Fleet of the russian federation of project 636 and the captured submarine of the Ukrainian Navy Zaporizhzhia stand in the water area of temporarily occupied Sevastopil / Photo credit: Krym. Realii

In addition, the publication "Krym. Realii" shows that in the last week the enemy could keep only two submarines in combat positions in the sea, the other two were standing near the piers. This is evidenced by the photos taken by the publication's correspondent on June 24 and June 29 of this year.

Therefore, the question whether russians will be able to use their Alrosa for strikes on Ukraine remains open.

Russia Try to Repair One More Submarine Carrying Kalibr Cruise Missiles, Defense Express, war in Ukraine, Russian-Ukrainian war
Two diesel-electric submarines of the Black Sea Fleet of the russian federation of project 636 stand in the water area of temporarily occupied Sevastopil / Photo credit: Krym. Realii
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