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Russian large missile cruiser to visit India

08-06-2010 10:30 BJT

MUMBAI, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) -- A Russian heavy nuclear-powered missile cruiser will pay a port call in India on Friday, local media reported on Thursday.

The Russian Navy's heavy nuclear-powered missile cruiser, Pyotr Velikiy, will dock at the port of Mormugao in the southwestern Indian state of Goa for a six-day visit from Friday, the Indo- Asian News Agency quoted an official in the Russian embassy in New Delhi as saying.

Mormugao is the only port on the India's western coast that allows nuclear-powered warship's visit.

Pyotr Velikiy with a full displacement of 28,000 tons, is one of the most powerful surface combatant warships in the Russian Navy, and second in size only to the existing aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov. It could strike important targets within the range of 600 kilometers with cruise missiles.

On Aug. 11, the cruiser will participate in the joint exercise off the western coast of India with the Indian Navy's warships, the official said.

During the war game, both sides' warships will practice in air defense, joint maneuvers, live gunnery shooting and underway replenishment, said the report.

The spokesperson of the Russian Navy said the cruiser's visit to India "is another step in strengthening mutual understanding and cooperation between the Russian and Indian navies."

It will be the second time for the Russian nuclear-powered missile cruiser to visit India. In January 2009, Pyotr Velikiy visited India and participated in the joint exercise near the western coast of India with the Indian Navy's destroyer.

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Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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