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Russian Navy nuclear powered missile cruiser Petr Velikiy reaches Mediterranean Sea.


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Naval Forces News - Russia
 
 
 
Russian Navy nuclear powered missile cruiser Petr Velikiy reaches Mediterranean Sea
 
After entering the Mediterranean through the Strait of Gibraltar, the Russian nuclear-powered missile-carrying cruiser Petr Velikiy, or Peter the Great, has cast anchor in the Alboran Sea. The crew used its 11-day, 3.2-thousand-mile voyage from the ship’s home base of Severomorsk on the Barents Sea to practice air and anti-submarine defense operations. The cruiser’s mission is part of Russia’s plans to resume its naval presence in strategic areas.
     
After entering the Mediterranean through the Strait of Gibraltar, the Russian nuclear-powered missile-carrying cruiser Pyotr Velikiy, or Peter the Great, has cast anchor in the Alboran Sea. The crew used its 11-day, 3.2-thousand-mile voyage from the ship’s home base of Severomorsk on the Barents Sea to practice air and anti-submarine defense operations. The cruiser’s mission is part of Russia’s plans to resume its naval presence in strategic areas.
Petr Velikiy (Peter the Great) heavy nuclear-powered missile cruiser (TARKR), the fourth Kirov class battlecruiser of the Russian Navy, Picture: Ria Novosti
     
Petr Velikiy is the fourth Kirov class battlecruiser, a class of nuclear-powered warship of the Russian Navy, the largest and heaviest surface combatant warships after aircraft carriers currently in active operation in the world.

The Kirov class's main weapons are 20 P-700 Granit (SS-N-19 Shipwreck) missiles mounted in deck, designed to engage large surface targets. Air defense is provided by twelve octuple S-300F launchers with 96 missiles and a pair of Osa-MA batteries with 20 missiles each. Pyotr Velikiy carries some S-300FM missiles and is the only ship in the Russian Navy capable of ballistic missile defence.
 
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