Russian ship Caesar Kunikov (BDK-64)

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Caesar Kunikov in the Red Sea, 2003
Caesar Kunikov in the Red Sea, 2003
Name: Caesar Kunikov
Namesake: Caesar Lvovich Kunikov
Builder: Stocznia Północna, Gdańsk, Poland[1]
Commissioned: 30 October 1986[1]
Homeport: Sevastopol
Status: in active service, as of 2012
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: Ropucha-class landing ship
  • 2,768 long tons (2,812 t) standard
  • 4,012 long tons (4,076 t) full load
Length: 112.5 m (369 ft 1 in)
Beam: 15.01 m (49 ft 3 in)
Draught: 4.26 m (14 ft 0 in)
Ramps: Over bows and at stern
Installed power: 3 × 750 kW (1,006 hp) diesel generators
Propulsion: 2 × 9,600 hp (7,159 kW) Zgoda-Sulzer 16ZVB40/48 diesel engines
Speed: 17.59 knots (32.58 km/h; 20.24 mph)
  • 6,000 nmi (11,000 km; 6,900 mi) at 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)
  • 3,500 nmi (6,500 km; 4,000 mi) at 16 knots (30 km/h; 18 mph)
Endurance: 30 days
Capacity: 10 × main battle tanks and 340 troops or 12 × BTR APC and 340 troops or 3 × main battle tanks, 3 × 2S9 Nona-S SPG, 5 × MT-LB APC, 4 trucks and 313 troops or 500 tons of cargo
Complement: 98
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Caesar Kunikov (BDK-64) (Russian: «Цезарь Куников» (БДК-64)) is a Project 775 (NATO reporting name: Ropucha-I) class large landing ship (Bol'shoy Desatnyy Korabl) of the Russian Navy. She is named after Caesar Lvovich Kunikov, the commanding officer of a landing party that captured the beach-head of Malaya Zemlya, a Hero of the Soviet Union.

The ship was built at the Stocznia Pólnocna shipyard in Gdańsk, Poland, and launched on 30 October 1986.

She is currently in service with Black Sea Fleet's 197th Landing Ship Brigade, of the 30th Division of Surface Ships, and homeported in Sevastopol. She is under the patronage of the city of Zelenograd (since 1998) and Chelyabinsk Oblast (since 2011).

Combat action[edit]

Caesar Kunikov was the flagship of the Russian squadron that participated in the battle off the coast of Abkhazia during the 2008 South Ossetia war.

In October, 2015 Caesar Kunikov was sent to Syria with a cargo of weapons and ammo for Syrian Arab Army.[3]


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