Admiral Nakhimov class
In commission: 21 March 1927 - 1958
5 (3 completed as cruisers)
General characteristics (as designed)
tons (standard) 7,400 tons (full load)
158.4 m (519 ft 8 in) overall
15.35 m (50 ft 4 in)
5.7 m (18 ft 8 in)
50,000 shp (37,000 kW)
16 Yarrow oil boilers, 4 Parsons turbines,
knots (54.6 km/h; 33.9 mph)
nmi (2,760 km; 1,710 mi) at 14 knots (26 km/h; 16 mph)
130 mm/55 guns 4×64 mm anti-aircraft guns
4 × machine guns
2×450 mm torpedo launchers
was the first and only Svetlana-class cruiser class of light cruisers built for the Imperial Russian Navy. Eight were laid down as part of the 1912–16 shipbuilding program. They were intended to act as scouts for and Gangut Imperatritsa Mariya-class dreadnoughts and to lead destroyer flotillas.
Construction was interrupted by
World War I, the Russian Revolution and the Russian Civil War. Three ships were completed by the Soviet Union as cruisers, two were converted to oil tankers, and the remaining three were scrapped.
Original program [ edit ]
Svetlana, the first true light cruiser of the Imperial Russian Navy, was largely based on pre-war cruiser designs. Six of 15 guns were placed in casemates. Despite good experience with 152 mm Canet guns, navy standard since 1892, [1 ] Svetlana employed smaller 130 mm/55 B7 Pattern 1913 guns. [2 ]
The concept was formulated in 1912 by
Alexei Krylov. The hull was designed by Colonel Sasinovsky and refined by John Brown and Company shipyards in Clydebank who ran a series of scale model tests. The superstructure was initially designed to resemble both Gangut-class battleships and Derzky-class destroyers; tripod masts with raised rangefinders were added in 1920s. Specifications were continuously changed throughout World War I, adding two flying boats, roll dampers etc.
In Soviet service
[3 ] Launched
[3 ] Commissioned
[3 ] Fate
Baltic Fleet Group
, Светлана Svetlana
, Profintern , Профинтерн, Красный Крым Krasnyi Krym 11.11.1913
Converted to a blockship 18.03.1958, scrapped 1959
Admiral Butakov, Адмирал Бутаков
Cancelled, scrapped in early 1950s
Admiral Spiridov, Адмирал Спиридов Completed as tanker
Admiral Greig, Адмирал Грейг Completed as tanker
Beached by a storm and broke in two 23.12.1937 in
Tuapse harbor, scrapped.
References [ edit ]
Breyer, Siegfried (1992). Soviet Warship Development: Volume 1: 1917-1937. London: Conway Maritime Press. ISBN 0-85177-604-3.
Gardiner, Robert; Gray, Randal, eds. (1984). Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships: 1906-1922. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 0-85177-245-5.
Rohwer, Jürgen (2005). Chronology of the War at Sea 1939-1945: The Naval History of World War Two (Third Revised ed.). Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 1-59114-119-2.
Watts, Anthony J. (1990). The Imperial Russian Navy. London: Arms and Armour. ISBN 0-85368-912-1.
Whitley, M. J. (1995). Cruisers of World War Two: An International Encyclopedia. London: Cassell. ISBN 1-86019-874-0.