Top 10 Icebreakers in the World

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While Russia commands the most powerful icebreaker fleet in the world, it is of course not the only nation to possess such vessels. This gallery offers you a glimpse of mighty vessels from all over the globe that can cut through thick ice sheets like hot knife through butter, keeping vital seafaring routes clear and engaging in a variety of nautical expeditions.

© Wikipedia / BahnfrendAurora Australis, an Australian icebreaker.
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Aurora Australis, an Australian icebreaker.
© Wikipedia / Jukka KoskimiesFinnish icebreaker Otso returning from sea trials to its base in Helsinki.
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Finnish icebreaker Otso returning from sea trials to its base in Helsinki.
© Wikipedia / Verne EquinoxThe CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent, a Canadian Coast Guard heavy icebreaker, seen in Halifax Harbour with naval tender nearby.
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The CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent, a Canadian Coast Guard heavy icebreaker, seen in Halifax Harbour with naval tender nearby.
© Wikipedia / U.S. Coast Guard/DoDUS Coast Guard Cutter Healy (WAGB-20) sits approximately 100 miles north of Barrow, Alaska, conducting scientific ice research.
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US Coast Guard Cutter Healy (WAGB-20) sits approximately 100 miles north of Barrow, Alaska, conducting scientific ice research.
CC BY 2.0 / Tvabutzku1234 / The German research icebreaker Polarstern in Bremerhaven.
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The German research icebreaker Polarstern in Bremerhaven.
© Sputnik / Sergey Eshenko / Go to the photo bankThe nuclear powered icebreaker "Rossiya" returning to Murmansk with polar explorers picked up from North Pole-37 drifting station.
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The nuclear powered icebreaker "Rossiya" returning to Murmansk with polar explorers picked up from North Pole-37 drifting station.
© Sputnik / Sergey Subbotin / Go to the photo bankThe nuclear-powered icebreaker "Soviet Union" in Murmansk port.
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The nuclear-powered icebreaker "Soviet Union" in Murmansk port.
© Sputnik / Vladimir Astapkovich / Go to the photo bankA helicopter view of NS 50 Let Pobedy (50 Years of Victory) Russian nuclear-powered icebreaker sailing toward the North Pole.
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A helicopter view of NS 50 Let Pobedy (50 Years of Victory) Russian nuclear-powered icebreaker sailing toward the North Pole.
© Sputnik / Valeriy Melnikov / Go to the photo bankThe atomic icebreaker Yamal seen during the world's largest Arctic expedition in the recent 20 years, Kara-Winter 2015.
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The atomic icebreaker Yamal seen during the world's largest Arctic expedition in the recent 20 years, Kara-Winter 2015.
© Sputnik / Svyatoslav Akimov / Go to the photo bankThe launching ceremony of the lead ship of Project 22220 Arktika nuclear-powered icebreaker at the Baltic Shipyard in St. Petersburg.
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The launching ceremony of the lead ship of Project 22220 Arktika nuclear-powered icebreaker at the Baltic Shipyard in St. Petersburg.
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