Russian Fleet Heads to Venezuela


Video of Russian ships embarking to participate in anti-terrorism exercises with Venezuela.


The first shots Peter the Great and Admiral Chabonenko go to coast of South America.

The nuclear-powered Peter the Great cruiser is accompanied by three other ships, which sailed from the Northern Fleet’s base of Severomorsk on Monday, September 22, 2008. The ships will cover about 15,000 nautical miles to conduct joint maneuvers with the Venezuelan navy.

WED SEP 10 2008 — Russian Naval flotilla en route to military exercise with Venezuela.

According to DEBKAfile’s military sources, it consists of six to eight vessels:
Kirov Class (Type 1144.2) Peter the Great nuclear-powered heavy missile cruiser, one of the largest warships in the world. Armed with the Granit (NATO designated SS-N-19 Shipwreck) long range, anti-ship missile system, consisting of 20 missiles. Also equipped with 40 S-300F air defense missiles.

Admiral Chabanenko, the Russian navy’s most advanced guided missile anti-submarine battleship

Pyotr Velikiy, a guided nuclear missile cruiser

Flotilla escorted by five smaller warships and a fuel vessel

The group of Russian warships are due to visit Caracas on November 24-30.

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