Putin inaugurates new submarine

Dec. 4, 2001 at 3:28 PM
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MOSCOW, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin visited the northern shipyard at Severodvinsk on Tuesday to inaugurate a new multi-purpose nuclear submarine in a bid to boost the Navy's morale after the loss of the Kursk submarine last year. The Gepard, which stands for cheetah in Russian, took a decade to build and is one of the most advanced submarines in the world.

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