Putin oversees launch of new Russian warships, submarines
The newly commissioned vessels included a corvette, a minesweeper and the Generalissimus Suvorov nuclear submarineRussian president vows to increase the pace and volume of construction of various ships, equip them with the most modern weapons
Russian President Vladimir Putin has vowed to further strengthen his country’s navy. Photo: EPA-EFE
President Vladimir Putin oversaw the commissioning of several new warships and a nuclear-powered submarine as he vowed to further strengthen Russia’s navy.
Putin, who has largely avoided public engagements since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, gave the green light for Russian flags to be hoisted on the new vessels via video link.
Among the newly-commissioned vessels were a corvette, a minesweeper and the Generalissimus Suvorov nuclear-powered submarine that is capable of launching ballistic missiles.
“It will ensure Russia’s security for decades ahead,” Putin said.
Another nuclear submarine, the Emperor Alexander III, was put to sea on Thursday and will be commissioned following trials.
“We will increase the pace and volume of construction of various ships, equip them with the most modern weapons,” the Russian leader said in televised remarks.
“All in all, everything to reliably ensure Russia’s security, the protection of our national interests in the world ocean,” he added.
Putin oversees the commissioning of the new vessels via video link. Photo: AFP
During his two decades in power, Putin has made strengthening his armed forces a top priority, equipping the navy with new warships and adding hypersonic missiles, described by Putin as “invincible”, to Russia’s arsenal.
However, Russia has faced a series of humiliating setbacks on the ground in Ukraine, which has received weapons from the West.
Agence France-Presse and Associated Pres