Russia’s newest nuclear-powered icebreaker, the Arktika, has completed its first Arctic mission to the Northern Sea Route (NSR), according to the country’s nuclear icebreaker fleet operator, AtomFlot.

The first vessel set off for its inaugural voyage earlier this month from the port of Murmansk, piloting a dry-cargo carrier to the entrance of the Gulf of Ob in the Russian Arctic. The icebreaker is scheduled to return to Murmansk in mid-December to replenish supplies before starting its next mission across the NSR. (RT)