The first submarine of the Project 955 Borey class, Yury Dolgoruky, was finally launched today at the Sevmash plant in Severodvinsk. One launch ceremony has already taken place - on April 15, 2007 - but the submarine was left in a dry dock after that.

According to the START treaty data, the submarine will carry 16 Bulava missiles (with six warheads each). The missile, however, is not ready yet, so it is unclear when the Yuri Dolgoruky submarine will be able to begin service.