On December 5, 1957, the icebreaker Lenin, the world's first nuclear-powered surface vessel and the world's first civilian nuclear-powered vessel left the Leningrad shipyard. During her thirty years of service, she made it possible to significantly expand navigation in the northern latitudes and led 3741 transport through the icefields. Being a symbol of the technological and scientific victory of the Soviet Union in peaceful nuclear development, it was visited by Yuriy Gagarin, future US President Richard Nixon, British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan, Fidel Castro, Alexandra Pakhmutova played the piano in the wardroom trimmed with karelian birch. Once having taken the lead, Russia still has the biggest nuclear icebreaker fleet, the largest and the most powerful in the world icebreaker «Arktika» was just launched.
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