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Friday, August 21, 2015

Russia’s Got a Mysterious New Submarine

Project 667BDRM Delfin-class (NATO reporting name: Delta-IV)On August 11 at the port of Severodvinsk in northern Russia, a huge and imposing black shape emerged from a dry-dock, observed by ranks of uniformed dignitaries. The Russian navy’s latest submarine is 574 feet long, displaces no fewer than 18,000 tons of water and packs two nuclear reactors.

Named Moscow, she’s actually a refurbished, 1980s-vintage ballistic-missile sub that once prowled underneath the Arctic ice, cradling nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles, awaiting Armageddon.

Today, as best as any outside observer can tell, Moscow has a new mission. She appears to be part science vessel, part spy ship, part commando transport and part “mothership” for mini-subs and drones.

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