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Korolev


Korolev. Photo from navsource.narod.ru

Korolev is a Project 775M Large Landing Ship (LLS).

REGISTRATION

Baltic Fleet

CONSTRUCTION, NAME

The ship was laid down on February 12, 1990 at Gdansk shipyard (Poland) under the name of BDK-61; launched on November 16, 1990; commissioned on January 5, 1992. The ship was renamed into Korolev on December 28, 1999.

MILESTONES

Since March 23, 1992 till September 19, 1994 the ship took part in withdrawal of Russian military contingent from Baltic countries and Poland.

In 1994 and 1995 it participated in St. Petersburg naval parade associated with Russian Navy Day.

In 1995 the ship represented Russia at international naval parade of anti-Nazi allies held in Netherlands in honor of 50th anniversary of the Victory in WW2.

In 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 being a part of landing craft division, it won Navy Commander's Prize for landing assault.

In 1992-1999 it was ranked as the best ship of BF 71st landing craft brigade for combat training and military discipline.

PERFORMANCE

Speed: 18 knots
Operational range: 6,000 miles at 12 knots
Crew: 87 men

DIMENSIONS

Displacement: 4,080 tonnes
Length: 112.5 meters
Beam: 15 meters
Draft: 3.7 meters

PROPULSION

CODAD powerplant, two screws, total power is 19,200 shp

ARMAMENT

2 launchers of MLRS UMS-73 Grad-M
2 air defense artillery systems AK-630M
AK-176 multipurpose gun mount
6 anti-subversive grenade launchers
Capacity is up to 500 tonnes of armor vehicles and 225 marines