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Caesar Kunikov

Caesar Kunikov. Photo by Russian Ministry of Defense

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


Black Sea Fleet


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.


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.


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


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


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


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