Kirov class nuclear-powered guided missile cruiser Adm. Nakhimov to Rejoin
Russian Navy in 2018
The Admiral Nakhimov, a nuclear-powered missile cruiser currently being
overhauled and modernized, will rejoin the Russian Navy in 2018 with
the most advanced weapons systems for its vessel type, the Sevmash shipyard
quarter view of the Russian Northern Fleet Kirov class nuclear-powered
guided missile cruiser Admiral Nakhimov (CGN-080) underway.
Kirov-class cruiser, known as the Kalinin until 1992, was commissioned
in 1989 and mothballed in 1999. It has since been docked for upgrades
at the Sevmash shipyard in the northern Russian city of Severodvinsk,
on the White Sea.
Sevmash deputy head Sergei Marichev said in a statement that the Admiral
Nakhimov would become the most advanced heavy nuclear-powered missile
cruiser in the Russian Navy.
Originally four units were built for the Soviet Navy. As of today only
one Kirov-class nuclear-powered guided missile cruiser, the Pyotr Velikiy,
is still operational, but Russia plans to reactivate the remaining three
vessels by 2020.
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.