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Russian Vice Admiral Kulakov destroyer to hold drills near Norway


According to information published by Tass on November 24, 2021, a Northern Fleet detachment returning home after a long-distance voyage has left the North Sea for the Norwegian Sea to practice combat training missions.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Udaloy-class destroyer Vice Admiral Kulakov (Picture source: Voennoedelo)


The detachment is being led by the Vice Admiral Kulakov large antisubmarine warfare ship (NATO reporting name: Udaloy-class).

The crew of the Vice-Admiral Kulakov ship will practice a number of combat training missions in the Norwegian and Barents Seas before the end of the long-distance voyage. The support vessels will return to their home stations several days earlier than the Vice Admiral Kulakov.

Vice-Admiral Kulakov destroyer started its long-distance voyage on June 28.

From August 18 to September 23, the detachment operated in the Mediterranean Sea. During that period, it called at ports of Algeria, Syria and Cyprus and held a number of drills to train various types of defense and practice searching for a simulated enemy’s submarines.

In October, the ships provided security for shipping in the Gulf of Guinea in the Atlantic Ocean. Since Vice-Admiral Kulakov left its base, it has covered a distance of more than 26,500 nautical miles.

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.

Vice-Admiral Kulakov was commissioned in December 1981 and was in service with the Northern Fleet until March 1991, when she was retired for repairs that lasted more than 18 years. The ship traveled to Severomorsk base on 7 December 2010 in preparation for the vessel's return to active duty.