Pyotr Veliky returned to home base

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The Northern Fleet’s flagship Pyotr Veliky returned to its home base Severomorsk yesterday after a tour-of-duty that lasted for almost six months.


The nuclear-powered missile cruiser has covered about 28.000 nautical miles since the beginning of the mission on March 30, RIA Novosti reports.

The cruiser sailed through the Atlantic, the Mediterranean Sea, and the Indian Ocean to take part in the Vostok-2010 strategic drills in the Pacific in June-July.

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On the way back to its home base in Severomorsk, the Pyotr Veliky held joint drills with the Indian frigate “INS Trishul” on August 11 and with the French frigate FNS Latouche-Treville on September 6.

Russia’s largest and most powerful warship, the Pyotr Veliky has a displacement of between 24,000 and 26,000 tons, and a speed of up to 31 knots (almost 57 km/h). The ship is 251 meters in length and has a crew of more than 700 sailors.

The ship’s main weapons include 20 SS-N-19 Shipwreck missiles, designed to engage large surface targets.

Russia plans to modernize three other, laid-up Kirov class missile cruisers, as reported by BarentsObserver.