The North Fleet destroyer Vice-Admiral Kulakov passed through the English Channel and entered the North Sea on Tuesday, the Russian Defense Ministry reports.
"Before the strait was passed through crews providing safe control of the ship practiced narrow seas shipping in congested areas in bad weather. Aviation groups checked the preparedness of aircraft for urgent takeoff," says a North Fleet report seen by Interfax-AVN on Tuesday.
"The crew had a ship damage control practice too," the North Fleet staff reported.
The sailors are now preparing to see in the New Year and to arrive at the base. The Vice-Admiral Kulakov will be traversing Northeast Atlantic waters on the New Year's night.
The distant voyage of the Vice-Admiral Kulakov has been on for 260 days. Most of that time the ship was operating within the Russian Navy task force permanently deployed in the Mediterranean. The warship has paid eleven visits to ports of five Mediterranean littoral states.
"The voyage of the Vice-Admiral Kulakov has a record duration in the modern history of the North Fleet. The sailors left the base on April 15, 2014. They have covered a distance exceeding 32,000 nautical miles, some of them in stormy weather," the report said.
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