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July 15 marks the 60th anniversary of the formation of the 31st division of nuclear submarines of the Northern Fleet – the first formation of strategic missile submarines of the USSR Navy. It was created in the Northern Fleet in 1961, its first commander was Captain 1st Rank Anatoly Sorokin.
The formation initially included the first three nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines of Project 658. During 1962, their number was increased to eight.
In the very first years of its existence, the crews of the formation’s ships set a large number of diving records: the first ice crossing from the North to the Pacific Fleet, the first dive to a maximum depth of 400 meters in the Norwegian Sea, the first salvo with a full ammunition load of 3 ballistic missiles. In the future, missile-carrying submariners will perform salvos with eight and sixteen ballistic missiles and will even test the launch of a satellite into orbit for the first time.
On February 23, 1978, the division was awarded the Order of the Red Banner on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Soviet Army and the Navy for success in combat training, successful mastering of new equipment and weapons.
For 60 years, 23 commanders were replaced in the formation, of which admirals Nikolai Maksimov and Alexander Moiseev became commanders of the Northern Fleet. 7 officers were awarded the highest state award – the title of Hero of the Soviet Union and Hero of the Russian Federation.
Currently, the division is commanded by Rear Admiral Stepan Kelbas. The compound includes Project 667 nuclear submarine missile cruisers equipped with Sineva ballistic missiles and Project 955 ships Borey, Yuri Dolgoruky and Prince Vladimir, which are armed with Bulava ballistic missiles.
In May 2018, the crew of the Yuri Dolgoruky cruiser fired a salvo of 4 Bulava missiles from the White Sea.
Today the ships of the formation are the backbone of Russia’s naval strategic nuclear forces.
Submariners celebrate the anniversary of the division in a working environment. They will hold solemn events on this occasion together with the celebration of the Day of the Russian Navy.
On July 25, two cruisers of the formation will take part in naval parades in honor of Navy Day. SSBN “Novomoskovsk” will be stationed on the Severomorsk roadstead of the Kola Bay, and SSBN “Prince Vladimir” – on the roadstead of Kronstadt.
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