Russian Naval Destroyer Leaves English Channel, Enters North Sea

Vice-Admiral Kulakov, an Udaloy-class destroyer

The Russian Navy’s Vice-Admiral Kulakov, an Udaloy-class destroyer, entered the North Sea, according to Capt. 1st Rank Vadim Serga. Destroyer is carrying out its 260th day journey.

 

MOSCOW, December 30 (Sputnik) — The Russian Navy’s Vice-Admiral Kulakov, an Udaloy-class destroyer, has left the English Channel and entered the North Sea, a Northern Fleet spokesperson said Tuesday.“This is the 260th day of the naval destroyer Vice-Admiral Kulakov’s long journey. The vessel spent most of this time fulfilling tasks in the Mediterranean Sea, while deployed in the Russian Navy task force. The Northern Fleet’s naval destroyer has entered 11 ports in 5 Mediterranean countries,” Capt. 1st Rank Vadim Serga told journalists.

Prior to passing through the English Channel, the teams in charge of the vessel’s safety have conducted exercises on navigating in narrow areas in bad weather conditions and heavy shipping traffic.

 

According to Serga, the current voyage of the naval destroyer Vice-Admiral Kulakov has been the longest in the modern history of Russia’s Northern Fleet, as the vessel set sail from the Fleet’s main base in Severomorsk on April 15. “It has traveled a total of more than 32,000 nautical miles since then, including in storm conditions,” Serga said.Currently, according to Serga, the Vice-Admiral Kulakov crew is getting ready for New Year’s Eve celebrations and returning to their home base.

The Vice-Admiral Kulakov ship was commissioned in 1982 and was on combat duty with the Northern Fleet until March 1991, before being retired for repairs that lasted more than 18 years. The ship returned to the Northern Fleet’s main base in the city of Severomorsk in 2010.

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Russian Bombers Conduct Test Flights Over Northern Europe

Russian Bombers Conduct Test Flights Over Northern Europe

MOSCOW, April 24 (RIA Novosti) – Russian Tu-95MS “Bear” strategic bombers, accompanied by supersonic Mikoyan MiG-31 interceptors, have conducted test flights over neutral waters of the North Sea, a senior Air Force official told reporters Thursday.

Russia’s strategic bomber force regularly performs flights over neutral waters of the Arctic, the Atlantic, the Black Sea and the Pacific Ocean.

The flights sometimes prompt a reaction by neighboring countries. Japan has scrambled aircraft to escort such flights several times since the beginning of the month.

The Russian Defense Ministry has insisted that the flights are carried out “in strict accordance with international regulations” and do not violate the borders of other countries.

“The flight route was over the neutral waters of the North Sea, along the Kola Peninsula. The aircraft have flown some 12,000 kilometers. The flight duration exceeded 16 hours,” Col. Igor Klimov said.

The crews were training to fly over featureless terrain and perform aerial refueling. A pair of MiG-31 interceptors escorted the bombers, interacting via an A-50 airborne early warning aircraft.

The Tupolev-95 (NATO designation Bear) is a Russian turboprop-powered strategic bomber and missile platform. The bomber, the fastest propeller aircraft ever built, is a famous symbol of the Cold War.

The Tu-95MS variant, equipped with the X-55 cruise missile, is the backbone of the modern Russian strategic bomber force. The plane is designed to destroy critical facilities in the rear of the enemy at any time and under any weather conditions.