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Caesar Kunikov


Caesar Kunikov. Photo by Russian Ministry of Defense

Caesar Kunikov is a Project 775 Large Landing Ship (LLS)

REGISTRATION

Black Sea Fleet

CONSTRUCTION, NAME

The ship was laid down in Gdansk (Poland) in 1984; launched in 1986. Initially, it was named BDK-64; in 1991 the ship was renamed into Caesar Kunikov.

MILESTONES

In 2003 the ship participated in INDRA-2003 RF-Indian maneuvers.

In 2004, 2005 the ship took part in BLACKSEAFOR international exercise at the Black Sea.

On March 26, 2007 an unauthorized shot happened while testing gun mount. The 57-mm shell flew to settlement Sakharnaya Golovka near Sevastopol and exploded in the air. Nobody suffered.

On August 10, 2008 it was a flagship of Russian Navy combat unit (LLS Caesar Kunikov, LLS Saratov, small guided missile ship Mirazh and small ASW ship Suzdalets) in the battle against Georgian missile boats during South Ossetia conflict.

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 coupled 57-mm gun mounts AK-725
2 launchers of MLRS A-215 Grad-M
4 launchers of MANPADS Strela-2
Capacity is up to 500 tonnes of armor vehicles and 225 marines