On September 3, 2013, Yuri Dologorukiy, the lead submarine of the Project 955 Borey project, left the Sevmash plant for the naval base in Gadzhieyvo, where it will join the 31st submarine division of the Northern Fleet.

The submarine was officially accepted for service in December 2012. At that time it was reported that it will not get its missiles until January 2014.

In a related development, the NOTAM data suggest that Russia will conduct a Bulava launch between September 6 and 10, 2013. It was reported earlier that two test launches are scheduled for 2013 - a single-missile launch from Aleksandr Nevskiy and a salvo launch from Vladimir Monomakh. Aleksandr Nevskiy is expected to be accepted for service on 15 November 2013.