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Upgraded Slava-class Cruiser Marshal Ustinov Returns to Northern Fleet’s Base
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Slava class cruiser MARSHAL USTINOV Russia Navy post refit 1
The Project 1164 (NATO reporting name: Slava-class) guided missile cruiser Marshal Ustinov has returned to the Northern Fleet’s Naval Station Severomorsk after five-year absence, according to the fleet’s press office. The cruiser has been repaired and upgraded by the Zvyozdochka Shipyard in Severodvinsk since 2011.
 
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Upgraded Slava-class Cruiser Marshal Ustinov Returns to Northern Fleet’s Base
 
The Project 1164 (NATO reporting name: Slava-class) guided missile cruiser Marshal Ustinov has returned to the Northern Fleet’s Naval Station Severomorsk after five-year absence, according to the fleet’s press office. The cruiser has been repaired and upgraded by the Zvyozdochka Shipyard in Severodvinsk since 2011.
     
Slava class cruiser MARSHAL USTINOV Russia Navy post refit 1The Russian Navy Slava-class cruiser Marshal Ustinov arriving at its Northern Fleet Base of Severomorsk following its modernization.
     
"At the pier the ship docked to, she was met in a ceremony led by Northern Fleet Commander Vice Admiral Nikolai Yevmenov," the press office added. Yevmenov said the crew of the upgraded cruiser would immediately start its training and begin to carry out the fleet’s tasks.

Zvyozdochka has repaired the cruiser and upgraded her weapons control, radio technical and communications systems. The crew accommodations and service rooms have been overhauled too. During October and November 2016, the crew completed the acceptance test program. Following a scrutiny of all the systems and mechanisms on the high seas, the uprated cruiser was handed over to the Northern Fleet.

The Russian Navy operates three missile cruisers in the class - the Moskva (Black Sea Fleet), Varyag (Pacific Fleet) and Marshal Ustinov (Northern Fleet).

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Slava class cruiser MARSHAL USTINOV Russia Navy post refit 2The Russian Navy Slava-class cruiser Marshal Ustinov arriving at its Northern Fleet Base of Severomorsk following its modernization.
     
Navy Recognition's comment:
According to various sources, the Marshal Ustinov is being fitted with an advanced missile system, probably, the Kalibr (SS-N-27 Sizzler) or Oniks (SS-N-26 Strobile). The upgrade will provide the cruiser with the Podberyozovik three-dimensional long-range target acquisition radar and Fregat-M2M sea-skimming target acquisition radar. There have been statements that the ship will not receive advanced air defense missile systems.

The Project 1164 Atlant-class cruisers are designed for dealing with enemy surface combatants and providing combat stability of Russian task forces in remote corners of the ocean. The development of the class began in the later 1970s. Four cruisers were built, of which three are in the Russian Navy’s inventory. The cruisers in the class displace a total of 11,500 tons and measure 186 m in length. They have a full speed of 32 knots, a range of 7,500 nm at 18 knots, a 130-mm AK-130 gun, antiship and air defense missile systems, 30-mm AK-630M antiaircraft guns and torpedoes. They can carry a Kamov Ka-27 (Helix) helicopter or derivatives thereof.
     
Slava class cruiser MARSHAL USTINOV Russia Navy post refit 3All pictures by Oleg Kuleshov