Russia's Gepard Nuclear Sub Returns to Northern Fleet After Servicing

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Russian nuclear Gepard (Cheetah) submarine - Sputnik International
The nuclear-powered attack submarine will undergo a naval combat training course shortly.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Russian nuclear Gepard (Cheetah) submarine has returned to the country’s Northern Fleet after the restoration of technical readiness, the fleet’s spokesman said Saturday.

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"During its time in the factory, the nuclear submarine received a series of services, significantly extending the vessel’s operating life and continuing its future use in the Arctic conditions," Сapt. 1st Rank Vadim Serga said.

The vessel will undergo a naval combat training course shortly.

The Gepard vessel is a third-generation Project 971 (Akula class) nuclear-powered attack submarine. It was built in 2001.

Akula-class submarines feature very low acoustic signatures and can carry up to 12 submarine-launched cruise missiles with nuclear warheads and a range of 3,000 kilometers (1,860 miles) in addition to anti-ship missiles and torpedoes.

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