Russian cruiser Kerch
Kerch in Sevastopol Bay, 2009
|Builder:||61 Kommunara Shipbuilding Plant (SY 445), Nikolayev|
|Laid down:||30 April 1971|
|Launched:||21 July 1972|
|Commissioned:||25 December 1974|
|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)|
|Speed:||32 knots (59 km/h; 37 mph)|
|Range:||9,000 nmi (17,000 km; 10,000 mi)|
|Aircraft carried:||1 Kamov Ka-25|
As of 2014, the ship was laid up for scrapping following a large fire which broke out on 4 November 2014.
Kerch was laid down in the Soviet Union on 30 April 1971, launched on 21 July 1972 and was commissioned in the Soviet Black Sea Fleet on 25 December 1974. The ship was constructed in the 61 Kommunar Shipyard at Nikolayev (Mykolaiv) on the Black Sea. She was in service with the Soviet Fleet until 1991, and then joined its successor, Russian Navy.
On 4 November 2014 a fire broke out aboard the ship during a routine servicing in Sevastopol. According to officials nobody was injured and the fire was contained to the ship's aft. According to some sources the ship is laid up for scrapping. However, according to others the ship will be repaired and will be returned to active service.
- "Большой противолодочный корабль "Керчь" решили разрезать на металл". meta. 30 December 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
- "Fire contained on board large submarine chaser Kerch in Russia's Sevastopol". TASS. 4 November 2014. Retrieved 8 March 2015.