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MURMANSK, August 31. /TASS/. Russia’s Udaloy-class large antisubmarine warfare ship Vice-Admiral Kulakov from the Northern Fleet has left the fleet’s main base in Severomorsk for the Barents Sea for naval drills for the first time after repairs and for sea trials, the Northern Fleet’s press office said on Monday.
"At present, the ship has fully restored its technical preparedness and started a cycle of preparations for the next long-range march to the Atlantic," the press office said.
In the next few days, the ship’s crew will hold combat training exercises and perform several intra-ship drills, including measures to practice the ship’s survivability on the move.
Combat crews will practice the elements of an artillery engagement with a surface ship of a simulated enemy, firing against the sea targets from AK-100 universal caliber artillery systems, and also carry out a minelaying operation and an exercise to destroy the floating mine.
Air defense drills will also be held aboard the Vice-Admiral Kulakov destroyer.
The Vice-Admiral Kulakov is a large Project 1155 anti-submarine warfare ship. It is armed with anti-submarine missile systems, reactive bomb installations, torpedo systems and missile armaments.
The Russian Northern Flet has been actively using its large anti-submarine warfare ships in recent years for marches to the Atlantic and the Mediterranean Sea and for missions for the development of the Arctic.
Last year, the Vice-Admiral Kulakov destroyer’s crew successfully performed long-march assignments during eight and a half months in the Red and Mediterranean Seas and the northern part of the Atlantic. It returned to its home base in Severomorsk on January 5, 2015.