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Rosatom Offers MoD to Create Arctic Ice-Breaker-Based HQ

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Russia's nuclear agency Rosatom has proposed to the country's Defense Ministry to create an Arctic floating command headquarters based on an ice-breaker, Rosatomflot Deputy Director General Stanislav Golovinskiy said.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to Golovinskiy, the ice-breaker was decommissioned in 2006, however it will be able to operate for 20 more years after repairs.

"We appealed to the defense minister. Both the [Rosatom's] director general [Sergey Kirienko] and the chairman of the Supervisory Board [Boris Gryzlov] offered to consider the possibility of creating a floating command post in the Arctic region based on the atomic ice-breaker, the Sovetskiy Soyuz," Golovinskiy said at the Russian Geographic Society headquarters.

The Sovetskiy Soyuz (Soviet Union) ice-breaker's repairs are expected to be completed in 2016. 

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  • armor
    Question : is the ship not nuclear-powered any more?
    Reactor/s removed ? Is that what 'de-commissioned' mean ?
    After repairs, it can be used for 20 years? Then, diesel-powered?
    The article is vague on this.
    Thanks Sputnik...
  • cast235
    Great idea. armor, it was decommissioned , but after repairs it could be commission again for about 20 yrs.
    Why not? IF it works. It will need anti boarding protection, but that allows escape if need arises.
  • innocappuccinno
    Sovetskiy Soyuz! Wonderful, Magic Name! My heart is with you!
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