Russian joint-stock company (JSC) under United Shipbuilding (USC) Sevmash has handed over the special-purpose nuclear-powered submarine Belgorod to the Russian Navy.

The transfer of the Belgorod submarine to the navy was marked by a ceremony of signing the acceptance held at the company’s shipyard act on 8 July.

The event was attended by the officials from the Russian Ministry of Defence, Russian Navy, Sevmash and administrations of the Arkhangelsk region, Severodvinsk, Russia.

Russian Navy commander-in-chief Nikolai Evmenov in a statement said: “Today is a significant day for us – the signing of the acceptance act of the research submarine Belgorod and its transfer to the fleet. 

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“The Belgorod submarine opens up new opportunities for Russia in conducting various research, allows conducting diverse scientific expeditions and rescue operations in the most remote areas of the World Ocean.”

“The general task of building the Belgorod submarine has been completed. I wish the crew a successful voyage and seven feet under the keel!”

Belgorod has been designed by the JSC Central Design Bureau for Marine Engineering Rubin and constructed by the JSC Northern Machine-Building Enterprise.

The special-purpose submarine was launched in April 2019.

It will primarily be deployed to solve wide range of scientific problems and for conducting search and rescue (SAR) operations.

The vessel can also be used as a carrier for deep-sea rescue and autonomous uncrewed underwater vehicles.

According to the Russian news agency TASS, Belgorod is being built under the Project 09852 and is the first submarine carrier of Poseidon nuclear-powered underwater drones.