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Russian destroyer docked for repairs after Latin American tour

RIA Novosti

19/01/2009 14:13 KALININGRAD, January 19 (RIA Novosti) - Russian missile destroyer Admiral Chabanenko has docked for repairs at a naval shipyard in the country's Kaliningrad exclave after its recent Latin American tour-of-duty, a shipyard spokesman said on Monday.

During its tour-of-duty, the Northern Fleet's destroyer accompanied the Pyotr Veliky nuclear-powered missile cruiser on its way to the Atlantic and the Caribbean, participated in joint naval exercises with the Venezuelan navy, crossed the Panama Canal, and visited a number of Latin American countries, including Cuba.

"We are working on the ship's overhaul schedule. The repairs, including the overhaul of the propulsion system, must be done by the end of February," said the spokesman.

Admiral Chabanenko is an Udaloy II class missile destroyer commissioned with the Russian Navy in January 1999. It is Russia's only multipurpose destroyer and is intended to be the counterpart to U.S. Arleigh Burke class ships.

Designed primarily as an anti-submarine warfare platform, with a long cruising range and underway replenishment capabilities, Udaloy class ships provide support to surface task forces.

The Udaloy-II is modified by the replacement of the SS-N-14 Silex anti-submarine missiles by the SS-N-22 Sunburn anti-ship missiles, reflecting a change in emphasis from anti-submarine warfare to surface combat.



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