29 March 2014, 14:27
Russian Black Sea Fleet gives up Ukrainian submarine Zaporizhzhya
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The diesel-electric submarine Zaporizhzhya, project 641, which earlier formed part of Ukraine’s Navy, is out of order and will not be used by the Russian Black Sea Fleet, the Russian Navy Main Staff told the Interfax-AVN news agency on Saturday.
The news agency interlocutor said the sub may be handed over to Ukraine’s Navy for further use or scrapping. According to him, the submarine was built 44 years ago. The submarine is morally obsolete and has failed to leave the harbour to carry out combat missions for decades.
The submarine has mostly lain alongside, while the crew did their best to keep her afloat, according to the source.
The Russian Navy has long since decommissioned submarines of the project 641. Some of these have since been used as museums. The crew of the Zaporizhzhya submarine has been offered military service as part of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, which is due to get six new submarines shortly. The submarines are being built by St. Pete’s shipyard, according to the agency interlocutor.
Voice of Russia, Interfax
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