Old nuclear submarine comes to life | Polarjournal
The submarine B-448 was handed over to the Northern Fleet in 1993 and renamed “Tambov” in 1995. (Photo: Russian Navy)

Over the next few years, the Russian Northern Fleet will receive several new Yasen and Borei-class submarines, fourth-generation submarines. More in the shadow of attention is the ongoing modernisation of older ships. The submarine “Tambov” is scheduled to start new sea trials in 2021 after a six-year repair and modernization phase.

According to initial plans, the “Tambov” was to be decommissioned in 2015, but was proposed nevertheless for modernisation. The submarine has a crew of 96 men and can dive to a depth of 400 meters. The armament includes 6 torpedo tubes. (Photo: Russian Navy)

The “Tambov” was the last nuclear-powered submarine to be laid down in the Baltisky shipyard. It entered service in 1993 and continued to serve during Soviet times. The submarine was handed over to the Northern Fleet, but mostly remained in port. The submarine was built under the designation K-448.1992 it was reclassified and renamed B-448. On March 25, 1995, it was given the current name “Tambov” to commemorate the 360th anniversary of the ancient Russian city.

During a working visit to Murmansk at the end of November 2019, the mayor of the city of Tambov, Natalia Makarevich, met with the commander of the nuclear submarine “Tambov”. In memory of the visit, Natalia Makarevich received a model of the submarine. (Photo: Tambov News)

As reported rusnavy.com, the “Tambov” only ran four patrols from 1993 to 1997. In 2015, the submarine was transferred from active service to the Nerpa shipyard north of Murmansk on the Kola Peninsula. The shipyard is a branch of the Zvyozdochka Ship Repair Centre in Severodvinsk. Over the past 20 years, the shipyard has been known best for its work on decommissioning nuclear submarines and for maintenance work for both the Navy and the civilian icebreaker fleet.

The first sea trials of the “Tambov” were planned for autumn 2020, but were postponed. The submarine is not expected to be handed over to the fleet before 2021. The reasons for the postponement are unknown, as the Press Office of Zvyozdochka did not provide any information.

Heiner Kubny, PolarJournal

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