The Dmitry Donskoy nuclear-powered strategic submarine, which was formerly a part of Moscow’s powerful weapons delivery system, has been decommissioned, according to the Russian Navy.
According to Vladimir Maltsev, head of the Russian Naval Support Movement, the Dmitry Donskoy nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (NATO designation Typhoon) had been decommissioned. The fate of the submarine Dmitry Donskoy, which began service in 1980, has been speculated about for some months.
According to TASS news agency, the submarine will continue to duty until 2026.
Dmitry Donskoy is the first of the Northern Fleet’s six Akula-class submarines, which were built at the Sevmash shipyard in Severodvinsk in the White Sea and entered service in the 1980s.
Dmitry Donskoy is the world’s largest nuclear submarine, with a length of 175 meters, a width of 23 meters, and a displacement of around 53,000 tons.
With the decommissioning of the Dmitry Donskoy submarine, the Belgorod submarine, which went into service in July 2022, has taken over as the largest submarine in the Russian fleet. This 185-meter-long vessel has a 30,000-ton weight capacity and eight Poseidon super torpedoes can be carried on board.