RUSSIAN NUKE POWERED ICEBREAKER COMPLETES TEST RUN!

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Oh well, the 'THAW' goes on.

PS How many do we have? ONE, is it? Or 2 but one can't 'cut ice' gooood.

Russian nuclear-powered giant icebreaker completes test run


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December 14, 2019
By Agence France-Presse


Russia’s nuclear-powered icebreaker Arktika, touted as the strongest of its kind and a symbol of Moscow’s ambition to tap the Arctic’s commercial potential, returned to Saint Petersburg on Saturday after a two-day test run.

Destined to transport liquified natural gas from the Arctic, the giant vessel is 173 meters (570 feet) long and 15 meters high.

The run served to test the vessel’s functioning and manoeuverability, said Mustafa Kashka, general director of Atomflot, the company which runs Russia’s icebreaking fleet.

The nuclear-propelled ship however used diesel on its maiden voyage. According to its builders it can cut through 2.8 metres of ice.

Inaugurated in 2016, it is part of a planned fleet aimed at significantly boosting freight traffic along Russia’s Arctic coast which links the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans all year long.

The Arctic holds huge oil and gas reserves that are being eyed by Russia and other countries including the United States, Canada and Norway.
The plan will also make it easier for Russia to deliver hydrocarbons to South East Asia.

The final tests for Arktika are scheduled for March and April and it is set to start sailing in May.

Two other similar vessels the Ural and the Sibir are under construction.

The economic development of the Arctic is one of the key goals of President Vladimir Putin...

https://www.rawstory.com/2019/12/rus...etes-test-run/
 

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Mighty looking ship, no question
And at least two more like her already being built, the "Ural" and the "Sibir"...

Smart, IMHO

This is what money should be spent on. Not billion dollar aircraft carriers, which would be simply huge targets and useless white elephants, really, in any real war, anyway...
 
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Mighty looking ship, no question
And at least two more like her already being built, the "Ural" and the "Sibir"...

Smart, IMHO

This is what money should be spent on. Not billion dollar aircraft carriers, which would be simply huge targets and useless white elephants, really, in any real war, anyway...
Yep, but don't they already have a pretty good fleet of them? And ones that can cut 'serious' ice?
 
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Hard to imagine any nation other than Russia could need such ships, but yes, they are impressive!
 
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Hard to imagine any nation other than Russia could need such ships, but yes, they are impressive!
They're capability at the 'top' of world should be fucking scary. "Ice breakers"? So what's to stop them from throwing a deadly missile or two inside? Good faith?
 
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It's a strategical move as Russia wants to claim northern icebound territories as the ice recedes for a northwest passage. The ice won't go all at once but will recede and wax so hence the icebreakers.
 
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They're capability at the 'top' of world should be fucking scary. "Ice breakers"? So what's to stop them from throwing a deadly missile or two inside? Good faith?
Russia has had ICBMs since 1959.


I'm not going to be MORE anxious nuclear war will break out because of these ships.

Besides, we have far less stable nuclear powers with ICBMs to worry about.

 
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They're capability at the 'top' of world should be fucking scary. "Ice breakers"? So what's to stop them from throwing a deadly missile or two inside? Good faith?
 
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It's a strategical move as Russia wants to claim northern icebound territories as the ice recedes for a northwest passage. The ice won't go all at once but will recede and wax so hence the icebreakers.
Yes, I am aware of all that. And if I were a north Atlantic country, I'd be very nervous. Putin has a one horse economy. Get in his way and then what happens? Or fuck, how about a simple accident? I would imagine that's some REAL sensitive ecosystems in those parts? That monster hits a fishing boat or the myriad other possibilities of 'shit happening'.