MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Krasnodar, a new diesel-electric submarine, will be put into service of the Russian Navy on Thursday, Russia’s Defense Ministry said in a statement on Monday.
According to the statement, a flag raising ceremony for the warship will be held in Saint Petersburg.
The Krasnodar is the fourth of six 636.3 Project submarines, all expected to be in service by the end of 2016. They feature advanced stealth technology, extended combat range and the ability to strike land, surface and underwater targets.
The first, the Novorossiysk, has already joined the Black Sea Fleet. The second and third ships, the Rostov-on-Don and the Stary Oskol, will join the fleet after undergoing armament trials with the Northern Fleet.
Russia is currently performing a $325-billion rearmament program to achieve a 70-percent modernization of its military by 2020.