Russian Navy flagships call at Gibraltar

Wednesday, 14 April 2010 06:50

The heavy nuclear-powered battle-cruiser Pyotr Veliky sailed 3,500 nautical miles from Severomorsk, Russia, to the Strait of Gibraltar. On the last two days of her nine-day voyage she was escorted by the Yaroslav Mudry frigate.The Pyotr Veliky (Peter the Great) and the Yaroslav Mudry (Yaroslav the Wise) exercised together for two days and passed in direct proximity of each other after the manoeuvers, before parting. The crews lined up on decks and saluted each other during the farewell ceremony.
The Pyotr Veliky, the world’s largest non-airborne warship in the cruiser class, is intended to hit large floating targets, to defend naval task forces from enemy air strikes and submarines in remote high seas sectors.
The Project 11540Yastreb (Hawk) Yaroslav Mudry frigate of the Neustrashimy class serving with the Russian Baltic Fleet is the second warship in the series. The frigate is intended to locate and track enemy submarines, to facilitate anti-ship and anti-submarine defenses of warships and commercial vessels on the high seas, to hit warships and vessels underway at sea, to support ground force combat operations and amphibious landings.

 

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