The Russian Navy’s Pyotr Veliky nuclear-powered guided-missile cruiser will participate in a joint exercise with French warships on 3-6 September, a Russian Navy spokesman has said.

The Pyotr Veliky, a Kirov Class battlecruiser, is second in size only to aircraft carriers and is operational in the Russian Navy’s Northern Fleet.

The warships will practice joint naval manoeuvres, replenishment of supplies, ship-to-ship transfer of goods, and helicopter landings, according to RIA Novosti.

The nuclear cruiser also participated in the Vostok 2010 exercises held in Russia’s Far East.