Soviet gunboat Krasnoye Znamya
The Imperial Russian gunboat Khrabryy.
|Imperial Russia, later acquired by the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics|
|Laid down:||December 27, 1894 in Imperial Russia|
|Launched:||November 21, 1895 in Imperial Russia|
|Acquired:||by the Soviet Union 30 December 1922 commissioned by Soviet Navy before World War II|
|Commissioned:||1897 by Imperial Russia|
|Decommissioned:||no Imperial Russian decommission was made, passed on to Soviet Union|
|In service:||World War I, Russian Revolution of 1917, and Russian Civil War|
|Commissioned:||September 17, 1944 by the Soviet Union|
|Decommissioned:||1960 by the Soviet Union|
|Status:||Sunk on November 18, 1942, raised on November 13, 1943|
|Class and type:||Krasnoye Znamya class gunboat|
|Length:||72.26 m (237.1 ft)|
|Beam:||13.1 m (43 ft)|
|Draft:||3.35 m (11.0 ft)|
|Propulsion:||two VTE, eight boilers, two shafts, 2,100 hp|
|Speed:||14.5 knots (26.9 km/h)|
Krasnoye Znamya (Красное Знамя, Red Banner, ex-Khrabryy) was a Soviet gunboat. The ship had been built in the late 19th century as the Khrabryy (Храбрый, Brave) by the Russian Empire. The ship was the only craft of its class. The Krasnoye Znamya was sunk in the harbour of Lavansaari in the Gulf of Finland on November 18, 1942 after an attack by Finnish MTBs.
The sinking of Krasnoye Znamya
During World War I Khrabryy participated in the battles in the Baltic Sea. It was lightly damaged during the Battle of Moon Sound in 1917. On December 31, 1922 the ship was renamed to Krasnoye Znamya.
After the Moscow Peace Treaty of 1940 between Finland and the Soviet Union, the island of Lavansaari had been handed over to the Soviets. During the Continuation War the island was a Soviet naval base and housed a radar station. On November 18, 1942 the three Finnish motor torpedo boats Syöksy, Vinha and Vihuri, as well as a minelaying KM-boat made an assault on the harbour of Lavansaari. Syöksy managed to hit the Krasnoye Znamya with one torpedo. She was sunk in her moorings. The Finnish commander of the operation, kapteeniluutnantti Jouko Pirhonen, was awarded the Mannerheim Cross because of this success.
The Krasnoye Znamya was salvaged on November 13, 1943 and recommissioned on September 17, 1944. She was finally decommissioned in 1960.