Let’s see where they design, build and repair ships and submarines. Zvezdochka is a large shipyard based in Severodvinsk, the Arkhangelsk Region. Let’s go check it out first.
In the photograph, there is a large diesel-electric submarine Project 877 Kaluga.
It is equipped with a hydroacoustic comlex MKG-400V.1, a navigation complex Andoga-M and a battery AB476.
Abovewater displacement: 2,300 tons, underwater displacement: 3,040 tons.
Abovewater speed: 10 knots, underwater speed: 17 knots.
Cruising range: 400 miles.
Depth of immersion: 300 m.
Length: 73,8 m, width: 9,9 m, reserve buoyancy: 32%.
It is powered with 18 torpedoes including six 533 mm torpedoes, and 24 DM-1 mines.
Crew: 52 persons; autonomy: 45 days.
“We are for the Fleet! We are for Russia!”
Right now, they are modernizing an Indian submarine. Modernization implies installation of a missile complex CLUB-S and India-designed hydroacoustic complex USHUS and radio communications system CCS-MK.
The submarine was renamed into S63 Sindurakshak in 1997.
Sindurakshak’s technical characteristics:
Displacement: 2,300 m, length: 72,6 m, width: 9,9 m, abovewater speed: 10 knots, underwater speed: 19 knots, range: 6,000 miles, autonomy: 45 days, deapth of immersion: 300 m, crew: 52 persons, powered with six 533 mm torpedoes.
“Do not throw about your old greasy clothes”.
This diesel-electric submarine Caucasus is undergoing major repairs.
It joined the Russian Navy in 1990.
These submarines are often called “black holes” fro their ability to disappear fast. This class of submarines (Kilo) is one of the most low-noise diesel-electric submarines in the world.
Let’s go to another department.
“Marine Transport Project 20180 TV”, “Zvezdochka”.
Welding a fuselage.
“Shelf for false teeth… and idiots”. They have a good sense of humor here.
This part of the submarine is ready.
This atomic submarine Project 949A Smolensk was built in 1988 and arrived at the factory in 2011. They plan to finish repair works by 2013.
“Attention! High voltage!”
Sevmash is a shipbuilding company based in Severodvinsk, a port city on the White Sea. Sevmash is the largest shipbuilding enterprise in Russia and today the country’s only nuclear submarine producer. In 2009, the company employed 26,951 people and its revenue from military production was $533.02 million.
There are things that photographers are not allowed to photograph at Sevmash so we have no choice but to show you these signs, workers wearing hard hats, etc.
“Unit C and E production department”.
This Soviet mark meant quality.
You can find a bunch of signs in the passages telling you where the nearest bomb shelter is.
They produce nuclear submarines here, remember? There is also a sanitary zone in case of an explosion inside a nuclear submarine happens.
At a landing stage.
This is an aircraft carrier Admiral Gorshkov. They are reconstructing it for the Indian Air Forces. They are going to rename it into Vikramâditya with vikrama meaning step, power, bravery, and âditya standing for sun.
A submarine Yuri Dolgoruky.
It’s -27C but it feels like it’s -40C due to a high humidity level.
Naturally, they don’t let people inside the submarine.