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rickusn
19 Mar 05,, 21:38
This article explicitly states the importance of submarines in general and SSBN's in particular:

NORTHERN FLEET SUBMARINES RETAIN TOP COMBAT READINESS


MURMANSK, March 18 (RIA Novosti, Yekaterina Kozlova) - The submarine forces of the Northern Fleet have preserved a high level of fighting capacity, Fleet Commander Mikhail Abramov told journalists on eve of the Submariners Day, marked on March 19.

"We have fully met the 2004 plan of combat readiness of our fleet's submarine forces. The plan for 2005 is as strenuous: we'll operate in the near and remote oceanic zone," Abramov said.

"The Defense Minister and the Commander-in-Chief of the Navy have set norms for a pre-set potential of military security," he said.

"We are keeping up with the potential. We have everything to maintain it," Abramov said.

He added that priority in the Defense Ministry's budget funding for the upkeep of the fleet falls on the maritime strategic nuclear forces.

"The submarine forces constitute the basis of the Northern Fleet. They concentrate the main attack potential ensuring military security for the Russian Federation," the commander stressed.

Abramov noted that it is above all the maritime strategic nuclear forces, as well as the general purpose forces, including both nuclear and diesel submarines.

"The present Northern Fleet is a formidable force. It is larger than the British and French fleets combined. Properly used, the Northern Fleet and its submarine forces create a good potential for the military security of the Russian Federation," Commander Abramov said.

sw55
19 Mar 05,, 22:21
This article explicitly states the importance of submarines in general and SSBN's in particular:

NORTHERN FLEET SUBMARINES RETAIN TOP COMBAT READINESS


MURMANSK, March 18 (RIA Novosti, Yekaterina Kozlova) - The submarine forces of the Northern Fleet have preserved a high level of fighting capacity, Fleet Commander Mikhail Abramov told journalists on eve of the Submariners Day, marked on March 19.

"We have fully met the 2004 plan of combat readiness of our fleet's submarine forces. The plan for 2005 is as strenuous: we'll operate in the near and remote oceanic zone," Abramov said.

"The Defense Minister and the Commander-in-Chief of the Navy have set norms for a pre-set potential of military security," he said.

"We are keeping up with the potential. We have everything to maintain it," Abramov said.

He added that priority in the Defense Ministry's budget funding for the upkeep of the fleet falls on the maritime strategic nuclear forces.

"The submarine forces constitute the basis of the Northern Fleet. They concentrate the main attack potential ensuring military security for the Russian Federation," the commander stressed.

Abramov noted that it is above all the maritime strategic nuclear forces, as well as the general purpose forces, including both nuclear and diesel submarines.

"The present Northern Fleet is a formidable force. It is larger than the British and French fleets combined. Properly used, the Northern Fleet and its submarine forces create a good potential for the military security of the Russian Federation," Commander Abramov said.


Yea, real impressive. I am just suprised that the Russians haven't put any attack subs up on EBAY...
On Discovery Channel a show about organized crime (and I am sorry I can't reference it) a drug lord in south America wondered if he could buy a Russian Sub to smuggle drugs to the US in. When contacting the Russian Mafi in the US he asked it he could buy a sub. After a few phone calls to RUssia he got his answer in another question: "is that with missiles, or without?", as if he were asking if he wanted fries with that burger. He then went to RUssia and actually toured a Sub base, in his shopping for a sub. (I think this story involved an FBI informant, and thus the story).

rickusn
19 Mar 05,, 23:35
LOL Not surprised.