Russian battlecruiser Admiral Lazarev
|Builder:||Baltiysky Naval Shipyard, Leningrad|
|Laid down:||27 July 1978|
|Launched:||26 May 1981|
|Commissioned:||31 October 1984|
|Out of service:||1999|
|Status:||Laid-up in Abrek Bay, Fokino, Primorsky Krai|
|Class and type:||Kirov-class battlecruiser|
|Displacement:||24,300 tons Standard, 28,000 (Full Load)|
|Beam:||28.5 m (94 ft)|
|Draft:||9.1 m (30 ft)|
|Speed:||32 knots (59 km/h)|
|Armour:||76 mm plating around reactor compartment, light splinter protection|
|Aircraft carried:||3 Kamov Ka-27 "Helix" or Ka-25 "Hormone"|
|Aviation facilities:||Below-deck hangar|
Admiral Lazarev (Russian: Адмирал Лазарев) is the second Kirov-class battlecruiser. Until 1992 she was named Frunze (Russian: Фрунзе) after Frunze, capital of Kirghiz Soviet Socialist Republic (named after Bolshevik leader Mikhail Frunze); at that time she was renamed after Russian admiral Mikhail Petrovich Lazarev. The ship is currently laid up and in reserve status.
Construction and design
Differences from lead ship
Admiral Lazarev was constructed differently from the lead ship of the class. On the forward part of the ship, the twin SS-N-14 ASW missile launcher was replaced with 8 octuple SA-N-9 surface-to-air missile vertical launchers (planned, but not installed). On the aft part, a single twin AK-130 130 mm gun, similar to the guns used on Slava and Sovremennyy, was used instead of two 100 mm guns. Near the flight deck, the 30 mm CIWS cannons were moved to the aft superstructure and replaced with place for 8 octuple SA-N-9 vertical launchers (not installed). There were also some differences in the sensors, ESM/ECM suite and communication systems.
In 1999 the cruiser was taken out of service and prepared for scrapping as no money was available for its overhaul. In 2004–2005 the cruiser's nuclear fuel was unloaded. As of 2009 it was reported that the ship was moored near Vladivostok, in conservation status. The Russian Navy planned to modernize the ship and return it to active service, provided that the necessary funds were found. In 2012 it appeared unlikely modernization would occur, as the ship was "considered to be beyond repair... will be scrapped, a source in the military complex says". Admiral Lazarev has appeared in aerial imagery from 2006 to 2014 moored in the Abrek Bay mothball fleet, near Fokino, Primorsky Krai. Its berth is around 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) from the Russian nuclear-powered vessel decommissioning facility at the Chazhma Bay naval yard. In northern summer 2014, Admiral Lazarev was painted at "30 судоремонтного завода" in the Chazhma Bay drydock to extend preservation time in the reserve fleet.
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