Russian Dmitry Donskoy submarine guards SSBN's trials against unwelcome guests

According to information published by Tass on September 14, 2022, the Project 941 Akula nuclear submarine Dmitry Donskoy ensures the trials of the Project 885M (Yasen-M-class) Krasnoyarsk and the Borei-A-class (Project 955A) Generalissimus Suvorov.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Russian Project 941 submarine Dmitry Donskoy (Picture source: Drikus)

The construction of the submarine began in 1976 at the height of the Cold War, when submarines and surface ships of the Warsaw Pact were confronting NATO forces.

The submarine has two sturdy hulls, modeled after a catamaran. Between these hulls, there arere 20 launch silos for intercontinental-range ballistic missiles.

Each hull contains a nuclear reactor, and a surfaced rescue chamber, that is, everything is in two sets. The entire structure is united by a lightweight hull.

In all, there are 19 watertight compartments. The submarine has a gym, a recreation room with changing pictures on the walls, a sauna, and a swimming pool.

She has 172 meters long, 23 meters wide, and 26 meters high. In the surface position, a dump truck can deploy on her missile deck. Below the waterline on the ship's hull is an image of a shark. The crew has patches with the shark's silhouette on their uniforms.

The submarine has a 52% reserve of buoyancy and great survivability. It can resist the influence of enemy's weapons. And it can deliver nuclear and missile strikes. Each of the 20 ballistic missiles has 10 homing warheads. The missile is solid-fuel, three-stage.

The space between the firm and the light hull is filled with water. Its displacement above water is 24 thousand tons, and its displacement underwater - as much as 49 thousand tons.

So much extra water she carries between the light and strong hull. The spaces are large, there were 20 missiles in total, and each mine is 2,4 meters in diameter and about 15 meters high.

In 2002, the Dmitry Donskoy submarine experiences its second birth. It was rearmed to test the fundamentally new intercontinental sea-based ballistic missile Bulava.