The Conflict Intelligence Team (CIT) investigative project has published photos of the Russian submarine Rostov-on-Don, which was damaged by a Ukrainian attack on the night of September 12-13. According to the Ukrainian military website Defense Express, the nature of the damage to the unit means “multi-year repairs” whose cost will reach “hundreds of millions of dollars.”
The photos show large holes in the bow of the submarine and in the middle of the hull, reported the Ukraińska Pravda portal, which announced the publication of the photos.
“Judging by the photo, the ship was probably hit twice. As a result of the first attack, the ship’s bow was damaged, which experts had previously reported based on satellite photos. The second hit took place on the starboard side of the ship,” the Conflict Intelligence Team wrote on the Telegram channel.
Repair “theoretically possible”
According to an expert speaking for CIT, damage to this stage will most likely “eliminate” Rostov-on-Don from the Russian fleet until the end of the war. – While repair is theoretically possible, it will likely require transporting the submarine to a shipyard in St. Petersburg. Most likely, repairs on this scale are unprofitable and it is easier to build a new ship of the same class, said Are Iversen, a Norwegian naval analyst.
“It seems that the repairs (which the Russian Ministry of Defense considered possible) will not help much,” Anton Herashchenko, advisor to the head of the Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs, ironized in a Twitter post, assessing the photos published by the Conflict Intelligence Team.
According to the Ukrainian military website Defense Express, the nature of this damage means repairs that will take many years and will cost hundreds of millions of dollars.
Attack on the shipyard
On the night of September 12-13, the Ukrainians attacked the shipyard in Sevastopol, where the Russian landing ship Minsk and the Rostov-on-Don submarine were in dry docks.
After the attack, the representative of Ukrainian military intelligence, Andriy Yusov, spoke of “significant damage”. – We can now say with a high degree of probability that these ships are beyond repair – he said.
tvn24.pl, Defense Express, PAP