On August 22, 2014, RF Navy flag raising ceremony was held at the Admiralty Shipyards (Saint-Petersburg) for the diesel-electric submarine Novorossiysk (Or 636.3 Varshavyanka).
The Novorossiysk, the first submarine of project 636.3 in the series being built by Admiralty Shipyards for RF Navy was laid down in August 2010. All submarines of the series are named after Hero-Cities or Cities of Military Glory The second submarine, Rostov-on-Don, was laid in November 2011; the third, Stary Oskol, - in August 2012.
The construction of submarine Novorossiysk is the first step in implementation of the long-term plan of RF Ministry of Defence aimed at recovery of tactical efficiency of the Black Sea Fleet and the programme on modernization of Russia’s fleet of diesel-electric submarines.
Varshavyanka-class submarines, the third generation of Diesel-Electric submarines, feature one of the the lowest level of noise among ships worldwide. Characteristics: surface speed – 20 knots; maximum dive – 300 m; cruising capacity – 45 days; crew – 52 persons, submerged displacement – about 4,000 t.