Russia’s Shoigu inspects modernization of nuclear submarines in Far East

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reviewed the repair and modernization of the Pacific Fleet’s nuclear submarines at a leading military shipyard on Friday, his ministry said.

Shoigu took part in talks earlier this week between President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who visited two aviation plants in the city of Komsomolsk-on-Amur on Friday.

Shoigu reviewed the construction of a floating dock complex and how nuclear submarines are being repaired and modernized at the Zvezda plant in the city of Bolshoy Kamen, the Defense Ministry said in a statement.

It added that Zvezda is the leading submarine repair facility in the Russian Pacific Fleet and the only one in the Far East specializing in the repair and modernization of nuclear submarine missile carriers.

“Sergey Shoigu called for the maximum use of Zvezda’s production facilities to complete the repair and modernization of submarines,” the Defense Ministry said.

Shoigu also visited the Progress plant in the city of Arsenyev, which produces Ka-52 military helicopters.

He emphasized the importance of improving the combat capabilities of Ka-52M helicopters and protecting their pilots.

“The combat capabilities of Ka-52M helicopters need to be improved and protection of pilots increased,” Interfax news agency quoted Shoigu as saying.

(Reporting by Reuters; Editing by Guy Faulconbridge)

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