Kresta II-class cruiser

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Kresta II class cruiser Admiral Yumashev.
Class overview
Operators:  Soviet Navy
 Russian Navy
Preceded by: Kresta I class
Succeeded by: Kara class
In commission: 1968 - 1993
Completed: 10
Retired: 10
General characteristics
Type: Cruiser
Displacement: 5,600 tons standard
7,535 tons full load
Length: 159 m (522 ft)
Beam: 17 m (56 ft)
Draught: 6 m (20 ft)
Propulsion: 2 shaft steam turbines , 4 boilers
91,000-100,000 shp
Speed: 34 kn (63 km/h; 39 mph)
Range: 10,500 nmi (19,400 km; 12,100 mi) at 14 kn (26 km/h; 16 mph)
5,200 nmi (9,600 km; 6,000 mi) at 18 kn (33 km/h; 21 mph)
Endurance: 1830 tons fuel oil
Complement: 380
Sensors and
processing systems:
Radar; Don Kay, Don-2, Top Sail, Head Net 2 x Head Lights 2 x Muff Comb, 2 x Bass Tilt, Sonar; Bull Nose
Armament: 2 quad SS-N-14 Silex anti-submarine missiles
2 twin SA-N-3 Goblet surface to air missile launchers (72 missiles)
2 twin 57-mm/70-cal AK-725 anti-aircraft guns
4 30mm AK-630 CIWS
2 quintuple 533mm torpedo tubes
Aircraft carried: 1 Kamov Ka-25 'Hormone-A'
Aviation facilities: Helicopter deck and hangar

The Kresta II class, Soviet Designation Project 1134A, Berkut A (golden eagle), were Soviet guided missile cruisers of the Cold War. The ships entered service in the late 1960s and were rapidly decommissioned after the end of the Cold War

These ships were an anti-submarine derivative of the Kresta I-class cruiser. These ships had a new anti-submarine missile (SS-N-14), new surface to air missiles (SA-N-3) and advanced sonar. All ships were built by Zhdanov yard, Leningrad.

Design[edit]

Conway's states that the first three ships were to have been armed with the SS-N-9 anti-ship missile but Soviet naval doctrine changed with greater emphasis on anti-submarine warfare. The surface to air missiles comprised more advanced SA-N-3 missiles with two twin launchers. New 3D search radar and new fire control radars were also fitted. 4 30mm CIWS guns were also fitted for improved anti-missile defence. A more advanced sonar led to the bow being more sharply raked. The machinery suite comprised two TV-12 steam turbines with high pressure boilers, identical to the Kresta I class.

General characteristics[edit]

The Kresta II-class cruisers were 158.5 metres (520 ft) long with a beam of 16.9 m (55 ft) and a draught of 6 m (20 ft). They displaced 6000 tons standard and 7800 full load. They had a complement of 380-400 and were equipped with a hangar aft to stow away a Kamov Ka-25 Hormone-A helicopter.[1]

Kresta II class vessels were propelled by two TV-12 steam geared turbines powered by four high pressure boilers which created 75,000 kilowatts (101,000 hp).[1] This gave the cruisers a maximum speed of 34 knots (63 km/h; 39 mph).[1] They had a range of 10,500 nautical miles (19,400 km; 12,100 mi) at 14 knots (26 km/h; 16 mph) and 5,200 nmi (9,600 km; 6,000 mi) at 18 kn (33 km/h; 21 mph).

Armament[edit]

For their primary role as anti-submarine cruisers, the Kresta II class mounted two quadruple launchers for eight SS-N-14 anti-submarine missiles. They were also equipped with two RBU 6000 12-barrel and two RBU 1000 6-barrel rocket launchers.[1] The Ka-25 helicopter embarked on the cruiser was also capable of aiding in the search and destruction of submarines.

Against aerial threats the cruisers were armed with four 57mm L/80 DP guns situated in two twin mountings. They also had four 30mm AK-630 CIWS mountings. They were armed with two twin launchers for the 48 SA-N-3 surface-to-air missiles they carried.[1]

The ships also mounted two quintuple mountings for 533 mm (21.0 in) dual-role torpedoes.[1]

Electronics warfare[edit]

The Kresta II class were equipped with MR600 air search radar MR-310 Angara Don navigational and Volga navigational radars. For anti-submarine warfare they had MG-322 hull mounted sonar. For fire control purposes they had Grom SA-N-1 fire control, MR103 AK725 fire control and Drakon RP33 fire control. They also had a MG-26 communications outfit and a MG-35 Shtil.

Ships[edit]

Ship Name in Russian Namesake Laid Down Launched Completed Decommissioned
Krondstadt Кронштадт city of Krondstadt 1966 1968 1969 1991
Admiral Isakov Адмирал Исаков Ivan Isakov 1968 1969 1970 1993
Admiral Nakhimov Адмирал Нахимов Pavel Nakhimov 1968 1969 1970 1991
Admiral Makarov Адмирал Макаров Stepan Makarov 1969 1970 1972 1992
Marshall Voroshilov (renamed Khabarovsk) Маршал Ворошилов Kliment Voroshilov 1970 1971 1973 1991
Admiral Oktyabrsky Адмирал Октябьский Filipp Oktyabrskiy 1970 1971 1973 1993
Admiral Isachenkov Адмирал Исаченков 1970 1972 1974 1992
Marshal Timoshenko Маршал Тимошенко Semyon Timoshenko 1972 1973 1975 1992
Vasily Chapaev Василий Чапаев Vasily Chapayev 1973 1974 1976 1993
Admiral Yumashev Адмирал Юмашев Ivan Stepanovich Yumashev 1974 1976 1977 1993

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Chant, Christopher (2014). Compendium of Armaments and Military Hardware. Routledge. p. 196. 

References[edit]

Gardiner, Robert (ed.). Conway's all the World's Fighting Ships 1947-1995. London: Conway Maritime. ISBN 0-85177-605-1. OCLC 34284130.  Also published as Gardiner, Robert; Chumbley, Stephen; Budzbon, Przemysław. Conway's all the World's Fighting Ships 1947-1995. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 1-55750-132-7. OCLC 34267261. 

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