07 September 2010

Russia And France Hold Joint Naval Exercise

The crew of the Pyotr Veliky are keeping busy exercising with the French navy following the Russian cruiser's visit to Brest.

Russia's Pyotr Veliky nuclear-powered guided-missile cruiser will take part in a joint exercise with the French Latouche-Treville anti-submarine frigate later on Monday, a French Navy spokesman said.

He said after the exercise the Russian warship, currently at the French port of Brest, would leave French territorial waters.

The warships will practice joint maneuvers at sea, replenishment of supplies, ship-to-ship transfer of goods, and helicopter landings.

The Latouche-Treville is named after the 19th century politician and admiral Louis-Rene Levassor de Latouche Treville.


Russia's largest and most powerful warship, the Pyotr Veliky, has a displacement of between 24,000 and 26,000 tons, and a speed of up to 31 knots (almost 57 km/h). The ship is 251 meters in length and has a crew of more than 700 sailors.

The ship's main weapons include 20 SS-N-19 Shipwreck missiles, designed to engage large surface targets, and air defense is provided by 12 SA-NX-20 Gargoyle launchers with 96 missiles and 2 SA-N-4 Gecko with 44 missiles.

By: Shelldrake

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