Second Lada Class Launched in St. Petersburg Thirteen Years After Keel Laying

September 20, 2018 (Google Translation) – A second diesel-electric submarine of project 677 (Lada class), Kronhtadt, was launched in a special ceremony at the Admiralty Shipyards in St. Petersburg on Thursday, a TASS correspondent reports.

“The importance of this event is hard to overestimate. The submarine began to be built in 2005. There have been some pauses in construction work and in financing, but the launch day has come at last. The delay in construction work allowed for using the experience gained in building and operating the submarine The St. Petersburg. By all parameters this submarine surpasses its predecessor – project 636. We are certain that the future of non-nuclear submarine force of the Russian Navy should be pinned on project 677. There will be a large series,” Admiralty Shipyards CEO Alexander Buzakov said at the ceremony.

ST PETERSBURG, RUSSIA – SEPTEMBER 20, 2018: The Russian Navy Project 677 diesel-electric submarine Kronstadt during a launching ceremony at the Admiralty Shipyard, a subsidiary of the United Shipbuilding Corporation. Peter Kovalev/TASS

Project 677 submarines of the Lada class belong with the fourth generation of diesel-electric subs. In the surface position its displacement is about 1,750 tonnes. The maximum speed under water is 21 knots. Lada has a crew of 35 and carries Kalibr cruise missiles.

The St. Petersburg is the lead ship of project 677. Its keel-laying ceremony took place in 1997. It was handed over to the Russian Navy in 1997 for experimental operation, which is due to end in 2019.

ST PETERSBURG, RUSSIA – SEPTEMBER 20, 2018: The Russian Navy Project 677 diesel-electric submarine Kronstadt during a launching ceremony at the Admiralty Shipyard, a subsidiary of the United Shipbuilding Corporation. Peter Kovalev/TASS

The Kronstadt began to be built in 2005. At a certain point the project was paused to be resumed in 2013. Currently the Admiralty Shipyards is building another Lada class submarine – The Velikiye Luki.