The Yekaterinburg, a Russian nuclear submarine damaged by fire while in dry dock in late December, will be repaired and re-enter service in summer 2014, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin wrote in his twitter account.
“We plan to return the submarine to duty earlier, in summer 2014,” Rogozin wrote in his twitter account in response to a question from a blogger who suggested that the repairs would take three or four years.
On December 29, the outer hull of the Yekaterinburg, a Delta-class nuclear submarine, caught fire during repairs at a shipyard in northwest Russia's Murmansk Region. Seven crewmembers and two responders were injured as they battled the fire, which was put out the following day.
The repairs are scheduled to start this summer.