Thursday, August 27, 2009

New nuclear submarine to be named after Saint Nicholas

2009-08-26 Barents Observer

The fourth of the new Russian Borey-class strategic nuclear submarine submarines will be named after Saint Nicholas and called “Syvatitel Nikolay”.
It was during a conversation with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill, who visited Arkhangelsk last week, that General Director at Sevmash shipyard Nikolay Kalistratov revealed the name of the submarine, reports.
Construction of “Syvatitel Nikolay” is planned to start up in connection with the shipyard’s 70 year anniversary on December 22.
The first nuclear submarine of the Borey-class, the “Yury Dolgoruky”, is currently undergoing testing in Arctic waters. Two other submarines, the "Alexander Nevsky" and the "Vladimir Monomakh", are currently under construction at the Sevmash plant.
Saint Nicholas (270 - 6 December 346) is according to Wikipedia the patron saint of sailors. He is often portrayed on Eastern Orthodox icons shown standing in a boat or rescuing a drowning sailor. Because of the many miracles attributed to his intercession, he is also known as Nicholas the Wonderworker. He had a reputation for secret gift-giving, such as putting coins in the shoes of those who left them out for him, and thus became the model for Santa Claus.

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