The North Fleet heavy nuclear-powered missile cruiser Pyotr Veliky departed from base on Monday on a submarine pursuit practice, the Russian Defense Ministry reported.
"The search for and "destruction" of submarines will be practiced in neutral waters at a long-distance training range at the junction between the Norwegian and Greenland Seas. The practice will be held in a "duel format, and the missile cruiser will be counteracted by several North Fleet subs of various classes," says a report of the North Fleet press service seen by Interfax-AVN on Monday.
The exercises will last for several days and involve anti-sub airplanes Ilyushin Il-38 and Tupolev Tu-142 and Kamov Ka-27 helicopters based onboard the Pyotr Veliky.
At the end of the exercises, the Pyotr Veliky will practice torpedo fire and depth bombing, the report said.
"The heavy nuclear-powered missile cruiser Pyotr Veliky is headed for the area of the submarine pursuit exercises," the fleet staff said.
"According to North Fleet Staff Chief Vice-Admiral Nikolai Yevmenov, a specific feature of this practice is its venue, which is located at the longest distance and has the most complicated hydrological conditions compared to the areas of our regular exercises," the report said.
"This is a scheduled exercise which aims at training the crews of the nuclear-powered cruiser Pyotr Veliky and submarines involved in the exercises to accomplish their missions in new maritime areas," Yevmenov said.
The Pyotr Veliky is the world's biggest nuclear-powered non-carrier attack ship. It is built to destroy large surface and coastal targets and to provide air and anti-sub defense with the newest armaments and hardware.
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