Unloading of spent nuclear fuel from Russian nuclear cruiser postponed till the end of September

Publish date: September 14, 2005

The unloading operation on the nuclear cruiser Admiral Nakhimov was postponed due to the financial constraints.

The Sevmash specialists prepared the heavy missile cruiser Admiral Nakhimov for spent nuclear fuel unloading and received the official permission for the operation. Unfortunately, the navy failed to pay for the train, which is supposed to ship the spent nuclear fuel to the Mayak plant in the South Ural, Interfax reported.

Admiral Nakhimov arrived at the Sevmash plant for planned intermediate overhaul back in 1999. The design works for the overhaul should be completed in 2006, and then the works should start on board the cruiser. The new computer equipment should be installed as well as new missile launching installations, Interfax reported.

The Russian Heavy Missile Cruise Ship, Project 1144.2 Kirov Class was built by the Baltic Shipyard in Saint Petersburg. The Kirov Class provides the capability to engage large surface ships and to defend the fleet against air and submarine attack. Four cruisers were built but only Admiral Nakhimov (commissioned in 1988) and Pyotr Velikhiy (commissioned in 1995) remain active.