Russian Navy Today – 19 Sep 08

The Good – According to press reports, on 18 September the TYPHOON/Project 941 “Akula”-class SSBN Dmitry Donskoi successfully test-launched the next-generation SS-NX-30 SLBM from the White Sea with impacts in Kamchatka.

The Bad – Other press reports from 18 September tell of a fire aboard Marshal Shaposhnikov (UDALOY/Project 1155R-class DD) while underway in the Sea of Japan.  Two sailors died.  Reports are the fire was in the engine room and damage may have been very extensive given other reports stating the ship had to be tugged back to port.  Update:  Cost to repair will be around 15 million rubles (~$600,000…not really that much in the greater scheme of things….).

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