Russia’s 36-years old Typhoon submarine «Dmitry Donskoy» crushes in the White Sea.

Earlier this week, the Severodvinsk-based naval photographer Oleg Kuleshov captured Russia’s only still operating giant Typhoon submarine, the TK-208 «Dmitry Donskoy» sailing out from Belomorskaya Naval Base in Severodvinsk on the coast of the White Sea.

What mission the giant submarine is up to is not know to the public. On Thursday, Oleg Kuleshov captured another nuclear missile submarine breaking the mid-winter ice out from Severodvinsk.

Kuleshov runs a comprehensive blog-site with news and photos of naval vessels and yards in Russia and has granted permission to the Barents Observer to republish the images.

«Dmitry Donskoy» was the launch vessel of the Typhoon class and entered service armed with 20 nuclear missiles in February 1982. Unlike the five other Typhoon submarines, she still sails, but no longer armed with nuclear missiles on alert. Since 2005, the submarine has served as a test platform for new weapons, most known is the Bulava missile now placed on the newest ballistic missile submarines of the Russian navy; the Borei-class.

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