Russian cruiser Azov

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Name: Azov
Builder: 61 Kommunara Shipbuilding Plant (SY 445), Nikolayev
Laid down: 21 July 1972
Launched: 14 September 1973
Commissioned: 25 December 1975
Decommissioned: 1998
Fate: Scrapped in 2000
General characteristics
Class and type: Kara-class cruiser
Displacement: 8,900 tons
Length: 173.4 m (568.9 ft)
Beam: 18.5 m (60.7 ft)
Draft: 5.4 m (17.7 ft)
  • 4 turbine-type generators GTG-12,5A x1250 kW
  • 1 turbine-type generator GTG-6M 600 kW
Speed: 32 knots
Range: 9,000 miles
Complement: 425
Aircraft carried: 1 Kamov Ka-25

Azov was a Kara-class missile cruiser of the Soviet and later Russian Navy.


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.