Russian cruiser Azov
|Builder:||61 Kommunara Shipbuilding Plant (SY 445), Nikolayev|
|Laid down:||21 July 1972|
|Launched:||14 September 1973|
|Commissioned:||25 December 1975|
|Fate:||Scrapped in 2000|
|Class and type:||Kara-class cruiser|
|Length:||173.4 m (568.9 ft)|
|Beam:||18.5 m (60.7 ft)|
|Draft:||5.4 m (17.7 ft)|
|Aircraft carried:||1 Kamov Ka-25|
Azov was laid down on 21 July 1972, launched on 14 September 1973 and was commissioned on 25 December 1975. The ship was stationed in the Black Sea Fleet. In 1977 the ship was modified to carry the new S-300F (SA-N-6) anti-air missile complex. The first vertical launching system in the world was installed on the cruiser.
After the collapse of the Soviet Union the ship became a part of the Russian Navy. There the cruiser served until 1998, when the ship was decommissioned and scrapped in 2000.