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Russia: Heavy missile cruiser embarks for voyage to Cuba 

The Black Sea fleet's flagship Guard Missile Cruiser 'Moskva' sailed off from Sevastopol Ukraine on Wednesday to begin a journey to the Mediterranean Sea. The cruiser formerly known as 'Slava' will join a group of Russian ships and continue to the western Atlantic to complete a number of combat training exercises.

It comes equipped with sixteen P-500 Bazalt Surface to Surface Missile (SSM) canisters with their 4K80 missiles. It comes with eight cylinders, which each has eight Fort (SA-N-6) Surface to Air (SAM) missiles. 32.5 knots (30 knot sustained) is its maximum speed, while it can operate with a range of 8,070 nautical miles at 18 knots or 2,200 nautical miles at 32 knots.

As the flagship cruiser of the Black Sea fleet and the Northern Fleet, it will allow troops to train in repelling enemy air attacks and will launch a missile firing complex. After training is completed, the group of ships will make visit to places with friendly relations to Russia, namely ports in Spain, Portugal, Cuba, Nicaragua, Venezuela and Cabo Verde.

The cruiser is commanded by Guard Captain of the 1st Rank Sergey Tronev and Valery Kulikov, the Deputy Commander of the Black Sea Fleet. According to the official Black Sea Fleet representative, Vyacheslav Truhachev, Captain 1st Rank, the Moskva cruiser will fire a cruise missile to surface targets, as well as engage in aerial target shooting with a shipboard defence.

Added: Jul-3-2013 Occurred On: Jul-3-2013
By: Ruptly
Tags: Black Sea, ship, Moskva, Sevastopol, cruiser, SSM, missile, troops, air attack,
Location: Sevastopol', Ukraine (load item map)
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