Thursday, 9 March 2017

Russian navy consisting of aged ships according to the Dutch magazine Marineblad dated 1935 no. 2

An item referred to the magazine le Yacht dated 15 December 1934 reporting that the complete Russian navy consisted of aged ships of which the major part passed the usual lifespan. There were no new building programs announced and it was not certain that new ships were under construction. The experience and skill of the personnel was doubtful. All cruisers were fitted out with a plane. The old cruiser Admiral Istomin was converted into an aircraft carrier.(1)

1. The Admiral Istomin was an Admiral Nakhimov-class light cruiser, laid down on 2 November 1914 but of the completion was cancelled and she was 40% complete when she was broken up still on the slipway. Only her sister ships Admiral Nakhimov and Admiral Lazarev were completed and still existing in 1935.