Top 10 Nuclear Powered Military Machines

No 4. Charles de Gaulle (R91)

The first French nuclear-powered surface vessel, Charles de Gaulle (R91) is the only serving French aircraft carrier. She is also the only nuclear-powered carrier outside the US Navy, apart from being the flagship of the French Navy. Its construction started in 1989 and she was finally commissioned in 2001, 5 years later than the original deadline.


No 3. Pyotr Velikiy

Wrongly assumed to be a battle cruiser due to her massive size, the Pyotr Velikiy, also known as Peter the Great, is one of Russia’s top of the line nuclear-powered heavy missile cruiser. She was commissioned in 1996, ten years after the construction had started, due to many economic strains. She is the flagship of the Northern fleet. Pyotr Velikiy along with the Russian missile cruiser Moskva is due to arrive in Russia’s Far Eastern port of Vladivostok to take part in the Vostok-2010 large-scale strategic exercise.


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