Russian Kilo-class submarine Krasnodar joins Black Sea Fleet in Crimea

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Russian Navy’s Black Sea Fleet now has an additional Kilo-class diesel-electric submarine at disposal with the arrival of submarine ‘Krasnodar’ to the Sevastopol base on Crimea.

Krasnodar arrived at her new homeport on August 9 after a tour in the Mediterranean Sea where she took part in operations against ISIS launching Kalibr cruise missiles at the insurgents’ positions.

The submarine is the fourth of six improved Project 636.3 submarines built for the Russian Navy by Admiralty Shipyards in Saint Petersburg.

Krasnodar was launched on April 25, 2015 and commissioned into the Black Sea Fleet on November 5, 2015. Starting her journey to her Black Sea Fleet homeport in May 2017, Krasnodar traveled under close watch of NATO member states.

The submarine was escorted all the way through the Baltic Sea and North Sea and into the Mediterranean. After reaching the Mediterranean Sea, Krasnodar met up with the new Project 11356 frigates and other Russian Navy assets for counter-ISS operations.

Kilo-class submarines are armed with 18 torpedoes and eight surface-to-air missiles. The vessels can accommodate a crew of 52 submariners and can stay at sea for 45 days.

They displace 4,000 tonnes when submerged and 2,000 on the surface and reach speeds of over 17 knots.

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