ROMAN PETRENKO – SUNDAY, 22 MAY 2022, 09:58
Two submarines of the “Varshavyanka” project, a third of the Black Sea Fleet’s operational submarines, are berthed in Sevastopol’s South Bay in Russian-occupied Crimea. All the others are at sea.
Details: The Russian Black Sea Fleet has a total of six submarines belonging to the Varshavyanka project: B-261 Novorossiysk, B-237 Rostov-on-Don, B-262 Stary Oskol, B-265 Krasnodar, B-268 Veliky Novgorod and B-271 Kolpino.
Four of the six submarines are now at sea, therefore representing two-thirds of the total.
The Ukrainian submarine Zaporizhzhia is also berthed. In March 2014, Russian troops stormed the submarine during the annexation of Crimea.
In addition to being armed with mine-torpedoes, the Varshavyanka submarines carry Kalibr cruise missiles, various versions of which are used against sea and land targets. Each submarine is armed with four such missiles.
Update: Russia is launching missile strikes from its submarines in offshore waters near Crimea.
Reminder: There are two large landing ships of the Russian Black Sea Fleet berthed in Sukharnaya Bay, which is part of the larger Sevastopol Bay. One of them is showing outward signs of damage.