Russian destroyer Vice-Admiral Kulakov
Vice-Admiral Kulakov on 24 August 2012 visiting Portsmouth Naval Base, UK.
|Status:||in active service|
|Class and type:||Udaloy-class destroyer|
|Length:||163 m (535 ft)|
|Beam:||19 m (62 ft)|
|Draught:||7.8 m (26 ft)|
|Propulsion:||2 shaft COGAG, 4 gas turbines, 89,000 kW (120,000 hp)|
|Speed:||35 knots (65 km/h)|
|Range:||10,500 nautical miles (19,400 km) at 14 knots (26 km/h; 16 mph)|
|Aircraft carried:||2 x Ka-27 'Helix' series helicopters|
|Aviation facilities:||Helicopter deck and hangar|
Vice-Admiral Kulakov was commissioned in 1982 and was in service with the Northern Fleet until March 1991, when she was retired for repairs that lasted more than 18 years. The ship travelled to Severomorsk base on 7 December 2010 in preparation for the vessel's return to active duty. On 5 January 2011, a fire broke out in one of the ship's mess-rooms. It was reported to be caused by a short circuit. The damage was minimal and did not reduce the combat effectiveness of the ship.
In 2012 the destroyer escorted commercial convoys as part of the anti-piracy mission in the Gulf of Aden. In July 2012, Vice-Admiral Kulakov led a flotilla of the Northern Fleet to the Eastern Mediterranean to conduct naval drills, close to the Syrian coast. In August 2012 she paid a 5-day visit to Portsmouth Naval Base, England. In September 2012 Vice-Admiral Kulakov visited Cobh, Ireland.
In April 2014, a British destroyer, HMS Dragon, was deployed to waters north of Scotland to track Vice-Admiral Kulakov as the destroyer sailed near the United Kingdom amid heightened tensions between Russia and the UK.
In 2016, she was sent to the eastern Mediterranean, to back the air campaign in Syria and fly the flag  In March 2016, as she and supporting Russian ships entered the United Kingdom's exclusive economic zone, they were intercepted and escorted by the British frigate HMS Somerset.
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