The only submarine of the Ukrainian Navy, July 18, 2012 began sea trials with test dives, reports "Interfax". First dive was a success, and the submarine is ready to continue underwater tests. "Submarine estimates of the special commission is fully controllable and this is important, "- said the acting commander of the Ukrainian Navy Vice Admiral Yury Ilyin.
According to the newspaper "Kommersant-Ukraine", the last time "Zaporozhye" did immersion 18 years ago. Role in the underwater tests received by the Minister of Defense of Ukraine Dmytro Salamatin, Chief of the General Staff, Lieutenant-General Vladimir Zaman and Vice-Admiral Ilyin. Security commanders and 77 crew members provided rescue tug "Kremenets" sanitary boat "Zaporozhye", Ka-27 and the rescue ship the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation "Epron."
Step sea trials with diving end July 20, 2012. The main objective of the test is to verify the trim, signage, and also working out an inclining the submarine. "We have no hesitation that driving tests Underwater Boats'Zaporozhye'Expected to be completed successfully and the submarine will enter the battle fleet, "- said Ilyin. As expected, the inclusion of" Zaporozhye "of the Ukrainian Navy will take place immediately after the end of the underwater tests.
Diesel-electric Submarine "Zaporozhye" (first B-435) was built in Leningrad in 1970 for the Northern Fleet of the Soviet Union. In 1990, the submarine was transferred to the Black Sea Fleet, and in 1997 in the state of unfitness was transferred to Ukraine. For a long time the Ukrainian authorities could not repair Underwater boat due to lack of funds the defense budget, but then the funds to restore the ship still being found. March 20 this year "Zaporozhye"For the first time in a long time left the countryside 13th repair facility in Sebastopol.
"Zaporozhye" has a submerged displacement 2,475 thousand tons and a length of 104 meters. In surfaced submarine can reach speeds up to 16 knots. The depth of her dive achieves 280 meters, and endurance — 90 days. The crew of diesel-electric submarines designed for 83 people. On arms "Zaporozhye" stand 6 bow and four stern torpedo tubes 533 mm.