Russia Delivers N-submarine to India

MOSCOW: Russia has delivered the nuclear-powered attack submarine Nerpa to India on a 10 year lease after more than two years of delays, according to a senior naval official.

“The signing ceremony happened yesterday at the Bolshoi Kamen shipbuilding facility in the (Far East) Primorye region where the Nerpa is now based,” the official in the naval chief of staff told ITAR-TASS on Friday.

The report said an Indian crew would sail the Akula II class craft to its home base at the end of January, in a deal at which Pakistan has showed serious concerns.

“All of the naval tests and performance checks have been completed, the Russian official said. “The crew will begin making themselves feel at home on board the craft after New Year and start sailing it to India in the latter half of January,”