Project 1155 destroyer Vice-Admiral Kulakov enters English Channel in deployment

According to information published by Tass on November 17, 2021, the Northern Fleet’s large anti-submarine warfare ship Vice-Admiral Kulakov entered the English Channel in its long-distance deployment.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Project 1155 (or Udaloy-class) destroyer Vice-Admiral Kulakov (Picture source: Tass)

Before entering the strait, additional navigational safety exercises were held with the warship’s watch officers. A similar exercise was held aboard the sea tanker Akademik Pashin and the rescue tug Altai making part of the naval task force, the statement says.

The anti-submarine destroyer Vice-Admiral Kulakov embarked on its long-distance deployment from the Northern Fleet’s main naval base of Severomorsk on June 28.

At first, the warship’s crew participated in Russia’s Main Naval Parade off Kronshtadt and then practiced particular episodes of practical measures during a command and staff exercise in the Atlantic Ocean.

On August 18-23, the Northern Fleet’s sailors operated in the Mediterranean. Over this period, they made business calls at Algeria, Syria and Cyprus and also held a series of drills for various types of defense for a group of ships in transit by sea and practiced hunting down a notional enemy submarine.

In October, the Russian Navy warship provided security of shipping in the Gulf of Guinea off Africa’s Atlantic coast. The Vice-Admiral Kulakov traveled over 25,500 nautical miles in its deployment in distant waters.

Vice-Admiral Kulakov is an Udaloy-class destroyer of the Russian Navy. As of 2021, the ship was in active service. She is named after Soviet naval officer Nikolai Kulakov.

The Udaloy class, Russian designations Project 1155 Fregat and Project 11551 Fregat-M, are a series of anti-submarine guided-missile destroyers built for the Soviet Navy, seven of which are currently in service with the Russian Navy.

Twelve ships were built between 1980 and 1991, while the thirteenth ship built to a modified design, known as Udaloy II class, followed in 1999.