A Russian warship has paid a rare visit to the home of the Royal Navy with a call by the Udaloy class destroyer, RFS Vitse-Admiral Kulakov. The Northern Fleet escort stopped by for a four-day visit en route to her Severomorsk base following anti-piracy patrols off Somalia and exercises in the Mediterranean.
The history of the ship is an interesting one. First commissioned by the Soviet Navy in 1982, she remained active until March 1991, when she went into refit. With the general chaos that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union, it wasn’t until the end of 2010 that she finally returned to active service, a period of more than 19 years!