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Russian Project 885M submarine Krasnoyarsk starts sea trials

Imagery of Severodvinsk harbour in the Arkhangelsk Oblast, Russia, dated 24 June, shows the Project 885M Severodvinsk (Yasen)-class SSGN Krasnoyarsk (centre) being prepared to commence sea trials on 26 June. Krasnoyarsk is flanked by the Project 885M submarine Novosibirsk (right) and the Project 955A Dolgorukiy (Borey)-class SSBN Generalissimus Suvorov (left). (©CNES 2002, Distribution AIRBUSDS/SkyWatch Space Applications Inc/Tony Roper)

The Project 885M Severodvinsk (Yasen)-class nuclear-powered guided-missile submarine (SSGN) Krasnoyarsk (K 571) has departed Severodvinsk for its first set of sea trials in the White Sea.

Photographs on social media showing Krasnoyarsk leaving the harbour area confirms the submarine's departure on 26 June.

Krasnoyarsk is the fourth Project 885 (and the third 885M) submarine under construction at Sevmash Shipyard and is predicted to join the Pacific Fleet, joining the SSGN fleet comprised of mostly Project 949A Oscar II-class boats.

Krasnoyarsk had been captured on satellite imagery the week prior to heading out to sea being degaussed in the harbour area. Other imagery shows the submarine undergoing final preparations alongside another Project 885M – likely to be Novosibirsk waiting to be transferred to the Pacific Fleet – and the Project 955A Dolgorukiy (Borei)-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) Generalissimus Suvorov, which was launched on 25 December 2021.

Generalissimus Suvorov is also scheduled to start its sea trials during 2022, although at this time it is unknown when this will take place.

Krasnoyarsk's departure from Severodvinskfollows that of Belgorod (K 329), thenuclear-powered Project 09852-class special mission submarine, which set sail for its next phase of trials sometime after 14 June, according to open-source satellite imagery provided by Sentinel.

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