Russian Navy – Cruisers


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Check out our 2022 overview post of some of the great Mykolaiv-built Cold War cruisers.

Slava-Class / Project 1164 Atlant Guided Missile Cruiser LOA 612′ / 186.5 m TDISP 12,000 tons (2 active, 1 sunk, 1 incomplete in Ukraine) All units built at Mykolaiv.

Moskva (formerly Slava) (1983-2022) In long-term refit 1990-1998. Black Sea flagship 2000-2022. Reported by both Russian and Ukrainian sources to have been heavily damaged or destroyed 13 April 2022 during the 2022 Russian War in Ukraine by either an accidental explosion or an anti-ship missile strike, possibly by Neptune Anti-ship missiles. Reported to have sunk in heavy seas while under tow to Sevastopol, 14 April.

Soviet guided missile cruiser Slava underway in the Mediterranean Sea. [detail of], 1986. Credit NARA, USN official 330-CFD-DN-SC-86-03642 (PH1 Paul D. Goodrich)
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Marshal Ustinov during 2018 intercept by HMS St. Albans (Photo: LPHOT SEELEY/MOD)

Varyag (formerly Chervona Ukrayina) (1989)

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Varyag during bilateral exercises with USS McCampbell 2011. US Navy: 474168 Petty Officer 3rd Class Corey Hensley

varyag slava class vilkovo 2019varyag slava class vlad 2014Ukrayina (formerly Komsomolets) (not completed) Mykolaiv, Ukraine, awaiting scrapping or sale

Kara Class / Project 1134B Berkut B Missile Cruiser LOA 569′ / 173.4 m TDISP 8,900 tons (7 retired, 6 scrapped, 1 derelict and awaiting scrapping, service 1971-2014)

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Petrpavlovsk shadowing recovery operations of flight Korean Air 007, 1983 NARA 330-CFD-DN-SN-89-04567 PH1 Felimon Barbante, USN [Detail]
Kerch (1974-2014) Black Sea flagship 1994-1997. Laid up after 2014 fire, scrapped at Inkerman, Sevastopol, 2020.

Kara Class cruiser Kerch 1986 NARA: 330-CFD-DN-ST-86-11183

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Ochakov (1973 – 2011) laid up for scrapping at Lake Donuzlav after being used as a blockship in 2014 during intervention in Ukraine.

Ochakov in Lake Donuzlav, awaiting dismantling, 2017, 2 years after it was used as a blockship nearby by Russian forces, to block Ukranian naval units. Credit: Mitte27, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Ochakov cruiser Lake Donuzlav 2019 scrapAzov (1975 – 2000) dismantled South of Sevastopol, Black Sea. First ship to be test-fitted with a Vertical Launching System (VLS)Kara class cruiser sevastopol 2002

Kara Class cruiser Kerch n.d. NARA: 330-CFD-DN-SC-89-01795

Kynda Class / Project 58 LOA 468′ / 142.6 m TDISP 5,500 tons (4, all scrapped)

Kynda Class cruiser underway, 1985 NARA 330-CFD-DN-SN-86-00746

Admiral Golovko (1964 – 2002) Black Sea flagship 1997-2000. Scrapped Sevastopol 2004Admiral Golovko Kynda Sevastopol 2002

Kynda Class Cruiser, 1985 NARA 330-CFD-DN-SN-86-04124 LT Dave Parsons, USN

Sverdlov Class / Project 68bis LOA 689′ / 210 m TDISP 16,000 tons (14, 1 preserved)

Sverdlov Class cruiser photographed by Royal Navy aircraft © Crown copyright: IWM (A 35211)
Sverdlov class cruiser at Vladivostok from Hexagon NRO imagery site n.d.
Sverdlov class cruiser at Vladivostok, alongside what appears to be a Kynda class missile cruiser, undated declassified Hexagon KH-9 imagery (cropped view p.4] from the Center for the Study of National  Reconnaissance, National Reconnaissance Office, available from an official US 2012 report “Hexagon KH-9 Imagery” at the NRO website. From other ships present, this appears to be from the late 1970s or early 1980s.
Sverdlov Class Zhdanov converted to Command Cruiser, 1983 view NARA: 330-CFD-DN-SN-87-06397

Mikhail Kutuzov (1954 – 2000) – Museum ShipMikhail Kutuzov Sverdlov class museum ship Novorossiysk 2020Mikhail Kutuzov Sverdlov class museum ship Novorossiysk 2010Mikhail Kutuzov Sverdlov class museum ship Novorossiysk 2021

Murmansk (1955 – 1992) wrecked 1994 near Hasvik, Norway, on way to scrapping, Eventually dismantled in place using a cofferdam.

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Murmansk wreck, undated. Credit: Игорь Волков / CC BY

Superimposed [annotated] view of Mikhail Kutuzov to highlight details of Murmansk wreck.

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Google Earth view adjusted to highlight the visible wreck.

Pallada Class Protected Cruisers (3 built, 1 preserved) LOA 416′ / 126.8 m TDISP 6,700 tons

Aurora (1903) Museum ship since 1957, ceremonially in commission

The Aurora on display in the Neva River, Saint Petersburg, ca. 2009. Credit: michael clarke stuff, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Aurora protected cruiser museum st. petersburg 2019

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