|NS 50 Years Since Victory or 50 Years Anniversary of Victory (Russian: 50 лет Победы, transliterated as 50 Let Pobedy) is a Russian Arktika class nuclear powered icebreaker, the largest in the world as of 2007. |
Construction on project no. 10521 started on October 4, 1989 at the Baltic Works in Saint Petersburg, USSR. Originally the ship was named NS Ural. Work was halted in 1993 for lack of funds, so that the real 50 Years Anniversary of Victory Day in 1995 found the ship in an abandoned state. Construction was restarted in 2003.
On 30 November 2004, a fire broke out in ship. All workers aboard the vessel, had to be evacuated while the fire crews battled the fire for some 20 hours before getting it under control. One worker was sent to the hospital. There was no threat of radioactive contamination as the nuclear reactor had no fuel inside.
She was finally completed in the beginning of 2007, after the 60th Anniversary. The icebreaker sailed into the Gulf of Finland for two weeks of sea trials on February 1, 2007.