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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Russian Navy Plans Atomic-Powered Destroyer

Kirov class CGRussia's Navy is seeking to use nuclear power to fuel its new destroyer-class vessels, Navy Chief Admiral Viktor Chirkov was quoted by Interfax as saying at a press conference in St. Petersburg on Friday.

While the new warships are still in the design process, "the main priority is to [create] a nuclear-powered destroyer," the admiral said.

Nuclear-powered destroyers remain a novel concept in naval technology. Nuclear reactors are typically reserved for vessels that remain at sea for extended periods of time, such as aircraft carriers and submarines.

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