Overhaul of the Admiral Nakhimov
Severodvinsk, Russia, 16 February 2013
In the early 2011, the Russian Navy began an overhaul of one of its nuclear-powered missile cruisers, the Kirov Class Admiral Nakhimov, as part of a modernisation program know as Project 1144 Orland (Sea Eagle). The ship has a displacement of approximately 24,000 tonnes, with speed of up to 31 knots (60 kph). The ship's overall length is listed as 251 meters with a beam of 28.5 meters and a height of 59 meters. The Admiral Nakhimov has been moored at the Sevmash shipyard in Severodvinsk since 1999 and is slated fora a comprehensive overhaul that will include upgrades to its two nuclear power plants, machinarery, electronics and weaponry. The main weaponry changes reportedly include the installation of P-800 Yakhont (SS-N-26) anti-ship cruise missiles as well as an advanced air defense missile system based on the S-400 Triumf (SA-21) system.
Enhancements are scheduled to be complted over the next five years and will allow the Admiral Nakhimov to re-enter service, potentially with the Nortern Fleet or the Pacific Fleet, in 2020.
The main missile bays are visible on the deck, as well as several maintenance containers. The ship will likely be used to support land-based assault missions as well as patrol and attack missions on eneby carriers and submiarines.
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