Saturday, February 01, 2014

Mystery Crest on New Russian Sub

April 10, 2013-  Russian navy will reintroduce Soviet practice and make it more complicated for possible enemies to identify the submarines sailing in surface position.  source
Russia will remove the badge and registration number of its submarines during operations and testing,  a senior Russian navy official has announced recently.  PHOTO EXAMPLES
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January 22, 2014This is Russia's new nuclear attack submarine  GIZMODO

Behold the Severodvinsk—the pride of the Russian Navy, the first of the post-Soviet era Yasen-class submarines. It entered service at the end of December 2013 and it will replace the old Akula-class and Alfa-class subs. But unlike those warships, and thanks to a new cruise missile, the Severodvinsk has strategic and tactical nuclear weapon capabilities.

In the Russian Federation's lithograph (below) the submarine Severodvinsk's crest is very evident. It is not one of the usual, expected ones (shown above), however.

And, as of  this writing it was NOT found in this list, either. Nor in this one.

Have we yet seen a better litho or photo of Severodvinsk's crest area anywhere?  Based upon the Federation's re-adoption of Soviet sub ID policy, Russia has attained its stated objective of making it more complicated for possible enemies to identify the submarines sailing in surface position.  

Submarines are always silent and strange.

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At 05 February, 2014 00:44, Blogger bothenook said...

we used to paint over the hull number before pulling out, even for sea trials.

At 05 February, 2014 12:11, Blogger Vigilis said...

Right you are, Bo, and painting out numbers had been a longstanding U.S. submarine practice since Dec. 7, 1941. During "peacetime" it has depended upon the area and nature of operations. Our numerals were painted out in certain North Atlantic ops, for example.

Thanks for commenting, shipmate, wondered what became of you for several years!


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