A file picture dated 07 September 2014 of The guided missile cruiser Moskva of the Russian Black Sea fleet passes through Bosporus strait 07 September 2014 near Istanbul on it's way to the Mediterranean. The Russian warship Moskva is to assist a French aircraft carrier task force in ongoing operations in Syria following Russian President Vladimir Putin's announcement on 17 November 2015 of cooperation in military strikes in that country, state media reports. French President Francois Hollande will come to Moscow for a meeting with Putin on November 26, the Kremlin said.EPA / Vostock-photo
1. The Moskva is the lead ship of the Russian navy’s Project 1164 ‘Atlant’ class of guided missile cruisers. Its keel was laid in 1976 in a shipbuilding plant in Nikolayev (Ukraine) and named Slava ("Glory").
2. This ship is essentially a naval version of the S-300 long-range air defence system. In addition to anti-air missiles, the vessel is armed with anti-ship missiles, anti-submarine mortars and torpedoes
3. The Project 1164 cruiser has sometimes been referred to as an “aircraft carrier killer,” probably inspired by the 16 SS-N-12 Sandbox anti-ship missiles mounted on the superstructure.
4. It was used by the USSR delegation during the Malta Summit (Dec. 2-3, 1989) between Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and George H.W. Bush. Stormy weather and choppy seas resulted in some meetings being cancelled or rescheduled, which gave rise to the moniker the "Seasick Summit" in the international media.
5. The Slava was recommissioned as the Moskva in April 2000, and replaced the Admiral Golovko as the flagship of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet.
6. The crew of the Moskva have all that is needed for a normal life and rest during long periods at sea; television and radio centres, a medical unit, library, cinema room, laundry, bakery, hair salon, gym and even a sauna.
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