An assessment was performed of Russian needs and capabilities related to decommissioning wastes from nuclear submarines. Hydraulically operated hand-held metal cutting tools can provide improved productivity and safety during the size and volume reduction of bulky metal scrap. Such tools are commercially available in the US, but not in Russia. Also, they have not been previously deployed in Arctic conditions. A system of metal cutting and spreading tools has been procured, modified and successfully tested at the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL), and are now being deployed to Russia’s Northern Fleet.