Sunday, July 25, 2010
Three new ships, three submarines to join Russian Black Sea Fleet
Three patrol boats of a new project and three submarines of 636 project will be laid up at Russian shipyards for the Black Sea Fleet before the end of 2010, Russian Navy Commander Admiral Vladimir Vysotsky said.
"They [the ships] will be included in the Black Sea Fleet," Vysotsky said. "The three submarines of the 636 project have already been laid, and they will be included in submarine forces of the Black Sea Fleet."
He added that these ships and submarines will ensure a security of ships in the Black Sea.
Vysotsky said on Saturday Russia might be able to develop a fully-fledged fleet by 2050, but needs to act fast.
The main bulk of the fleet, however, may be ready by 2035, he said.
Russia seeks to bring its worn-out Soviet-era fleet up to modern standards as part of a larger effort to modernize its bloated armed forces.