Monday, 25 November 2019

Seen in Kronstadt: The Project 887 Smolny-class training ship Smolny

Although the Russian Navy has a large number of suitable vessels in its fleets, it has built a number of special training ships. The Smolny (Russian: Смольный)-class of training ships (Smolnyy (Russian: Смольный) and Perekop (Russian: Перекоп) were built for the Soviet Navy in the late 1970s, and two of them currently serve with the Russian Navy’s Baltic Fleet. A third ship – Khasan (Russian: Хасан) – was scrapped in 1998.

The class characteristics are:
  • Displacement: 7270 tons
  • Dimensions:
    • Length: 138m
    • Beam: 17.2m
    • Draught: 5.53m
  • Propulsion: 2 x 8,000 hp diesel engines, each driving a propeller
  • Speed: 20 knots
  • Range: 9,000 nautical miles at 14 knots
  • Complement: 132 + 30 Instructors + 300 cadets
  • Armament: 4 x 76mm guns (2 x 2); 4 x 30 mm anti-aircraft guns (2 x 2); 1 x RBU-2500 anti-submarine weapon system

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