Nuclear Powered Missile Cruiser Pyotr Veliky in Barents Sea
for Northern Fleet drills
Russia’s Northern Fleet has started an exercise in the Barents
Sea, the fleet’s press office said on Friday. The maneuvers involve
ten warships and support vessels, including the Project 11442 heavy
nuclear-powered missile cruiser Pyotr Veliky, and planes and helicopters
of the Northern Fleet’s Air and Air Defense Army, the press office
Pyotr Veliky (Peter the Great) heavy nuclear-powered missile
cruiser (TARKR), the fourth Kirov class CGN of the Russian Navy.
"The maneuvers are being directed by Northern
Fleet Deputy Commander Vice-Admiral Viktor Sokolov staying onboard the
heavy nuclear-powered missile cruiser Pyotr Veliky," the press
The maneuvers are taking place as part of the annual practical training
of students of the Russian General Staff Military Academy.
The exercise will involve a mine-sweeping group comprising the mine
sweepers Yadrin, Yelnya and Solovetsky Yunga that will support the departure
of the cruiser Pyotr Veliky from its base. After that, a search and
rescue group comprising the small antisubmarine warfare ships Yunga
and Snezhnogorsk will interact with an Ilyushin Il-38 (NATO reporting
name: May) plane and the Project 877 diesel-electric submarine Vladikavkaz
to detect and destroy a simulated enemy’s submarine.
The nuclear-powered missile cruiser Pyotr Veliky and the small antisubmarine
warfare ships Snezhnogorsk and Yunga will hold a missile and artillery
live-firing exercise to hit parachute targets dropped by a Sukhoi Su-24
(Fencer) frontline bomber. After that, the rescue tug Pamir and the
BM-596 diving vessel will practice providing assistance for the crew
of a ship in distress in cooperation with a Kamov Ka-27PS (Helix) shipborne
search and rescue helicopter.