Russian cruiser Moskva
Moskva seen from the air in 2009
|Name:||Slava (in Soviet service) Moskva (from 2000)|
|Namesake:||Glory / Moscow|
|Builder:||61 Kommunara Shipbuilding Plant (SY 445), Nikolayev|
|Commissioned:||30 January 1983|
|Status:||In service, Black Sea Fleet|
|Class and type:||Slava-class cruiser|
|Length:||186.4 m (611.5 ft)|
|Beam:||20.8 m (68.2 ft)|
|Draught:||8.4 m (27.6 ft)|
|Propulsion:||4 COGOG gas turbines, 2 shafts 121,000 shp (90,000 kW)|
|Speed:||32 knots (59 km/h; 37 mph)|
|Range:||10,000 nmi (19,000 km; 12,000 mi) at 16 knots (30 km/h; 18 mph)|
|Aircraft carried:||1 Ka-25 or Ka-27 Helicopter|
The ship is currently named for the city of Moscow.
Slava played a role in the Malta Summit (2-3 December 1989) between Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev and US President George H. W. Bush. She was used by the Soviet delegation, while the US delegation had their sleeping quarters aboard USS Belknap. The ships were anchored in a roadstead off the coast of Marsaxlokk. Stormy weather and choppy seas resulted in some meetings being cancelled or rescheduled, and gave rise to the moniker the "Seasick Summit" among international media. In the end, the meetings took place aboard Maxim Gorkiy, a Soviet cruise ship anchored in the harbor at La Valletta.
Slava returned to Mykolaiv in December 1990 for a refit but was not returned to service until April 2000.
In early April 2003, Moskva, along with Pytlivy, Smetlivy, and a landing ship departed Sevastopol for exercises in the Indian Ocean with a Pacific Fleet task group (Marshal Shaposhnikov and Admiral Panteleyev) and the Indian Navy. The force was supported by the Project 1559V tanker Ivan Bubnov and the Project 712 ocean-going tug Shakhter.
In August 2008, in response to the Georgian crisis, Moskva was deployed to secure the Black Sea. After Russia's recognition of Abkhazia's independence, the ship was stationed at the Abkhazian capital, Sukhum.
On 3 December 2009, Moskva was laid up for a month at floating dock PD-30 for a scheduled interim overhaul which comprised replacement of cooling and other machinery, reclamation work at bottom and outboard fittings, propulsion shafts and screws, clearing and painting of bottom and above-water parts of the ship's hull.
In late August 2013, the cruiser was deployed to the Mediterranean Sea in response to the build-up of American warships along the coast of Syria. During the 2014 Crimean Crisis, Moskva was responsible for blockading the Ukrainian fleet in Donuzlav Lake.
Since the end of September 2015, while in eastern Mediterranean, the cruiser is charged with the air defences for the Russian aviation group based near the Syrian town of Latakia that conducts the air campaign in Syria. On 25 November 2015, after the 2015 Russian Sukhoi Su-24 shootdown, it was reported that Moskva, armed with the S-300F surface-to-air missile system, would be deployed near the coastal Syria-Turkey border. In 2016, she was replaced by sister ship Varyag in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. On 22 July 2016 Moskva was awarded the Order of Nakhimov.
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