SPOTD: Russian “Carrier Killer” Warship Enters Havana

Rob Almeida
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August 3, 2013

(c) REUTERS/Enrique De La Osa

A fleet of Russian warships entered the Port of Havana today, including the guided missile cruiser Moskva, pictured above, the destroyer Vice-Admiral Kulakov and support tankers.

The Moskva is the flagship of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet.

According to the Cuban News Agency, the ships will stop in Havana for provisions before departing for Nicaragua on 7 August.

The 11,490 ton Moskva was built in 1979 at the Kommunara Shipbuilding Plant in Nikolayev, a Ukrainian port on the northern Black Sea. She is powered by 4 gas turbine engines which generate a total of 121,000 horsepower across two shafts.

Moskva carries 16 SS-N-12 Sandbox anti-ship missiles which can deliver a 1000 kg conventional warhead up to 380 nautical miles at Mach 2.5.

(c) Reuters
(c) Reuters
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