On June 28, 2011 the Yuri Dolgorukiy submarine of the Northern Fleet conducted a test launch of the Bulava sea-launched ballistic missile. The ministry of defense reported that the launch was successful. The missile was launched at 15:55 MSK (11:55 UTC) from a submerged submarine deployed in the White Sea. The warheads were reported to have successfully reached their targets at the test site in Kamchatka.

This was the 15th in the series of Bulava tests and the first launch of the missile from a submarine of the Project 955 class; in all previous tests the missiles were launched from the Dmitry Donskoy Project 941 submarine. The Russian Navy believes that the Yuri Dolgorukiy submarine could begin service in 2011. However, the 2011 test program has not been completed yet - it was expected that it would include four to five launches. Normally, an SLBM test program includes a number of salvo launches (see the history of R-39 tests), so we could probably expect salvo launches of Bulava as well.