Slava class guided missile cruiser Marshal Ustinov to rejoin Russian
Fleet in 2015
The Russian Navy missile cruiser Marshal Ustinov is expected to rejoin
the fleet in 2015 following delays in the warship’s refit, the
Zvezdochka shipyard said Friday. The Marshal Ustinov, a Slava-class
missile cruiser, was launched in 1982 and commissioned with the Russian
Northern Fleet in 1986. It has been undergoing a refit at the Zvezdochka
shipyard in northern Russia since 2011.
bow view of the Slava Class Russian guided missile cruiser MARSHAL USTINOV
underway. Picture: US Navy
of the work, which included repair of the propulsion system and overhaul
of the ship’s missile, communications and navigation systems,
was originally scheduled for 2014. However, diagnostics revealed that
the majority of electrical cables on the vessel must be replaced, the
“Taking into account the significant expansion of repair work,
we are planning to return the Marshal Ustinov to the navy in 2015,”
the shipyard’s general director, Vladimir Nikitin said in an exclusive
interview with RIA Novosti.
Nikitin said two other Slava-class missiles cruisers in active service
with the Russian navy – the Black Sea Fleet’s Moskva and
the Pacific Fleet’s Varyag – will also undergo scheduled
maintenance and overhaul at Zvezdochka in future.
The Slava-class cruisers were designed as surface strike ships with
some anti-air and ASW capability, and have a primary armament of sixteen
SS-N-12 Sandbox nuclear-capable supersonic anti-ship missiles.
Pictures of YJ-12 supersonic anti-ship missile, fitted on a Chinese
Navy (PLAN) Xian H-6G bomber have recently emerged on the Chinese internet
meaning this new generation missile may have entered operational service.