Russian Navy's delegation to discuss repairs of Ukrainian sub Zaporozhye

Delegation of Russian Navy arrived to Sevastopol to talk on repaircompletion, conducting sea trials and crew training of Ukrainiansubmarine Zaporozhye, informs Rosbalt referring to Ukrainian Navy Press Center.

The talks will last two days. Ukrainian party is represented by RearAdmiral Viktor Nosenko, Navy deputy commander for combat training,experts of logistic department, and crew officers. The negotiators willalso discuss possible involvement of Black Sea Fleet assets to provideemergency assistance while sea trials of Zaporozhye.

Submarine Zaporozhye was launched on May 29, 1970 inLeningrad. She was deployed at Northern Fleet till 1990; then the subwas transferred to Black Sea Fleet and in 1997 was handed over toUkrainian Navy. Since that time the submarine has been under repair atthe dock of Metallist shipyard in Balaklava, Crimea. In Feb2003 the sub was transferred to BSF 13th Ship Repair Plant inSevastopol Bay. According to Ukrainian Press Center, repair works are90% completed.

Being in service at Ukrainian Navy, submarine Zaporozhye has never taken the sea.
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