''Vice-Admiral Kulakov'' ((ロシア語:«Вице-адмирал Кулаков»)) is a of the Russian Navy. As of 2014, the ship was in active service.
== History ==
''Vice-Admiral Kulakov'' was commissioned in 1982 and was on combat duty with the Northern Fleet until March 1991, when she was retired for repairs that lasted more than 18 years. The ship returned to the Severomorsk base on 7 December 2010 and in preparation for the vessel's return to active duty.〔 〕
On 5 January 2011, a fire broke out in one of the ship's mess-rooms. It was reported to be caused by a short circuit. The damage was minimal and did not reduce the combat effectiveness of the ship.
On 3 September 2011 the destroyer conducted the first underway landings tests for the new Ka-52K helicopter.
In 2012 the destroyer was escorting commercial convoys as a part of the anti-piracy mission in the Gulf of Aden. In July 2012, ''Vice-Admiral Kulakov'' was leading a flotilla of the Northern Fleet to the Eastern Mediterranean to conduct naval drills, close to the Syrian coast. In August 2012 she paid a 5-day visit to Portsmouth Naval Base, England. In September 2012 ''Vice-Admiral Kulakov'' also visited Cobh, Ireland.
''Kulakov'' was part of the 70th Anniversary Commemorations of the Battle of the Atlantic in Liverpool, England in May 2013.
In April 2014, a British destroyer, , was deployed to waters north of Scotland to track ''Vice-Admiral Kulakov'' as the destroyer sailed near the United Kingdom amid heightened tensions between Russia and the UK.
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