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The Typhoon ballistic missile nuclear-powered (SSBN) submarines are the largest submarines ever to be built. They were constructed at the Severodvinsk Shipyard, on the White Sea near Archangel.
The first of the six members of the class to be commissioned was TK 208 in 1981, followed by TK 202 in 1983, TK 12 in 1984, TK 13 in 1985, TK 17 in 1987 and TK 20 in 1989. The submarines were stationed with the Russian Northern Fleet at Litsa Guba.

The construction of the Typhoon class top-Pressure Shell

The construction of the Typhoon class top-Pressure Shell

Of the six, only TK 17 and TK 20 are operational. TK 208 was relaunched following refit in 2002 and is being used as a trials ship. TK 12 and TK 13 are decommissioned, waiting to be scrapped.

Lenin’s slogan on both sides of dock

Lenin’s slogan on both sides of dock

With assistance from the United States, through the cooperative threat reduction programme, TK 202 has had its nuclear fuel removed by US funded processing facilities and converted into forms suitable for long-term storage or reuse.

The construction of the Typhoon-class large ducted propeller-type propulsion

The construction of the Typhoon-class large ducted propeller-type propulsion

The UK has also agreed to take part in the dismantling of Russia’s decommissioned nuclear submarines.

The middle huge hole is reserved for the ballistic missile launch tube

The middle huge hole is reserved for the ballistic missile launch tube

Two sailors standing on the tail

Two sailors standing on the tail

Typhoon Class on manoeuvres.

Typhoon Class on manoeuvres



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