Soviet communications ship SSV-33
SSV-33 Ural underway
|Name:||SSV 33 Ural|
|Builder:||Baltic Yard, Leningrad|
|Laid down:||25 June 1981|
|Decommissioned:||27 December 2002|
|Status:||Scrapping in process. Salvage contract expires on November 30th, 2017.|
|Class and type:||Project 1941 Titan (NATO "Kapusta")|
|Displacement:||32,780 tons standard; 36,500 tons full load|
|Length:||265 m (869 ft)|
|Beam:||30 m (98 ft)|
|Draught:||7.5 m (25 ft)|
|Speed:||21.6 knots (40.0 km/h; 24.9 mph)|
|Complement:||950 (233 officers, 690 NCOs and enlisted men)|
|Aircraft carried:||1× Ka-32 Helicopter|
|Aviation facilities:||hangar and helipad|
SSV-33 Ural (ССВ-33 Урал) (NATO reporting name: Kapusta (Russian for "cabbage")) was a command and control naval ship operated by the Soviet Navy. SSV-33's hull was derived from that of the nuclear powered Kirov-class battlecruisers with nuclear marine propulsion. SSV-33 served in electronic intelligence, missile tracking, space tracking, and communications relay roles. Due to high operating costs, SSV-33 was laid up.
SSV-33 carried only light defensive weapons. These were two AK-176 76 mm guns, four AK-630 30 mm guns, four quadruple Igla missile mounts.
SSV-33 was assigned to the Pacific Fleet, but there was no pier large enough for the ship. She was forced to anchor out. Machinery had to remain running while at anchor to support other systems and its crew; the ship became a floating barracks. She never went to sea, while her powerful radioelectronic equipment gradually began to decay.
The initial value of the ship's disposal contract is $310 million and the work must be performed in the Bay of Bolshoy Kamen in Primorsky region by 30 November 2017.
In popular culture
- In the novel World War Z, by Max Brooks, Ural is based at Ulithi as the broadcast base for the worldwide radio network, Radio Free Earth. 
- It is also seen in the anime movie Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance, used as an external command centre for a NERV research base.
- List of ships of the Soviet Navy
- List of ships of Russia by project number
- Kirov-class battlecruiser
- Sweeney, Tom. "Getting Rid of a Spy Ship". Island Nation. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
- Janes.com Archived April 15, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
- Pike, J. "SSV-33 Project 1941". GlobalSecurity.org. Retrieved 30 October 2015.
- "." Genys, A. MilitaryToday.com. Archived December 24, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
- Brooks, Max (2010). World War Z (Kindle Edition). Gerald Duckworth. ISBN 0715637037.
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