Modernized destroyer back at Northern Fleet base
The fully modernized destroyer “Vitse-admiral Kulakov” is ready for its first campaign in 20 years.
“Vitse-admiral Kulakov” returned to its homebase in Severomorsk in December last year, after 20 years of repairs, GTRK Murman reports. The vessel was commissioned in 1982 and was on combat duty in the Northern Fleet until March 1991.
The vessel was nearly ready in December 2009, but a fire on December 4, where one person was killed and another one severely injured, delayed the progress, as BarentsObserver reported.
“Vitse-admiral Kulakov” has been undergoing sea trials in the Baltic Sea since January 2010 and is now preparing for its first naval campaign after modernization.
According to Wikipedia, the Northern Fleet has two other Udaloy-class destroyers in service, while a third one is in reserve.