Pyotr Velikiy (Russian: Пётр Великий) is the
fourth Kirov-class battlecruiser of the Russian Navy. Initially
named Yuri Andropov (Russian: Юрий Андропов) for Yuri Andropov, the
former General Secretary of the Communist Party, the ship's name was
changed after the fall of the Soviet Union. The Russian designation
for the type is "heavy missile cruiser", but Western defense
commentators re-invented the term "battlecruiser" to describe these
as they are the largest surface combatant warships in the world.
Pyotr Velikiy is the flagship of the Northern Fleet.
Construction of the ship was heavily affected by the economic
problems before and after the fall of the Soviet Union and it was
not commissioned until 1998, twelve years after work had started. By
then it had been renamed Pyotr Velikiy, Russian for Peter the Great.
Pyotr Velikiy has been known to carry two pennant numbers during its
service; "183" and currently "099".