In a display of maritime strength, President Vladimir Putin led the ceremonial raising of naval flags on the nuclear-powered submarines Emperor Alexander III and Krasnoyarsk at the Sevmash shipyard in Severodvinsk. 

The event marks Russia’s commitment to modernising its naval capabilities.

President Putin, accompanied by military officials, participated in the ceremony at the Sevmash shipyard, emphasising the strategic importance of these newly unveiled submarines. The Emperor Alexander III, the latest addition to the Borei-A project, and the Krasnoyarsk, an upgraded Yasen-M-class submarine, showcase Russia’s dedication to advancing its naval powers.

Russia’s Sevmash shipyard has undertaken the project for building the Yasen / Graney Class submarines for the Russian naval forces. The sub can launch long-range cruise missiles with nuclear warheads against submarines, surface warships and land-based targets, according to GlobalData’s “Russia Defense Market – Attractiveness, Competitive Landscape and Forecast to 2026” report. 

Emperor Alexander III was a fourth-generation nuclear boat equipped with missile and torpedo systems. This ballistic missile submarine is named after Russian military figures, contributing to strategic deterrence and safeguarding national security.

The Krasnoyarsk, the second multi-purpose submarine of the Yasen-M project, has undergone enhancements to its electronic weapon systems and materials. Following the flag-raising, President Putin boarded the frigate Admiral Kasatonov, inspecting its weaponry systems and leaving his mark in the distinguished visitors’ book.

Addressing the audience, President Putin highlighted the significance of these submarines, emphasising the expansion of serial production. Emperor Alexander III became the seventh Borei-class strategic missile carrier, while the Krasnoyarsk added to the growing fleet of Yasen-class multi-purpose nuclear-powered submarines.

Major nuclear powers across the globe are focusing on deploying their strategic weapons on nuclear submarines due to their capability to stay underwater indefinitely and undertake extended deterrent patrols, according to GlobalData’s intelligence on the global submarine market 2023-2033. 

The President’s commitment to further strengthening Russia’s naval capabilities was evident in his announcement that these submarines would soon serve in the Pacific Fleet, guarding the eastern borders. Looking ahead, Putin outlined plans for continued expansion, with more Borei-A-class strategic missile carriers and Yasen-M-class submarines scheduled for construction at the Sevmash shipyard.