PapaDragon wrote:SeigSoloyvov wrote:...........
The loss of that floating dry dock means they cannot easily service a large ship now, the article states yes they do have alternatives for other large surface ships but those alternatives will be a lot more time consuming than normal at this point meaning they will be even SLOWER than normal for a while.
Only important question is how does this affect submarine maintenance and construction?
Nothing much will change with surface fleet. Ship classes that Russia can produce now (up to frigate maybe, corvette more likely) will not be affected and can be serviced with any other dry-dock.
This dry-dock here that they managed to sink is only crucial for legacy white elephants that do not contribute to defense anyway and are sucking up resources.
But if submarines are affected than it's nothing short of total disaster. So are they?
If they had to raise a big submarine out of the water yes it will.
Also frigates are affected Russia does not have tons of dry docks space to spare, if you move a ship into the land-based dry docks you taking up construction time and slots.
Floating dry docks are used to solve this problem. They are also used to safely guide a ship into a land-based dry dock otherwise you have a huge risk of causing hull damage to the ships this includes subs.
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