The Arctic-info informs that the B-800 submarine Kaluga has finished sea trials after modernization and is ready to return to the Northern Fleet. There is a bit of context to this info – this Kilo-class (project 877) diesel sub was built back in 1989 (and named Vologodsky Komsomolets, yes, a bit funny). In 2002, it was brought for repairs to the Zvezdochka plant – and essentially forgotten. However, when in late 2011, the decision was taken to cancel the program for deploying a new generation of diesel subs (project 677 Lada-class) because the trials of the pilot sub St.Petersburg were unsatisfactory, the repairs on poor Kaluga were resumed. How safe is the sub after 12 years in the dock – anybody’s guess.

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