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Monday, 16 April 2018

Several Soviet cruisers active in the Far East according to a CIA report dated 4 March 1957

Sverdlov-class

An item reported that in the Far East at that moment 8 Soviet cruisers were active, four of the Chapaev-class (1), the remaining four of the Sverdlov-class.(2) In the summer of 1955 were escorted one Chapaev-class cruiser and 2 Sverdlov-class cruisers convoys to the Far East. Both class had the same boilers produced by the Obuchow and Putilov works despite the Sverdlov-class being larger and faster as was taught on the engineers school.

Notes
1. Chapayev-class or project 68, preceded by the Kirov-class and succeeded by the Sverdlov-class, 5 built of the 7 planned. Displacement 11.310 (standard)-14.300 (full load) tons and a dimensions 201 x 19,7 x 6,4 metres or 659 x 65 x 21 feet. The 2 steam turbines and 6 boilers supplied 124.000 shp allowing a speed of 33,5 knots and with a speed of 19 knots a range of 7.000 nautical miles. Crew numbered 840 men. Armoured with a 10cm/3.9” belt, 5cm/2”deck and gun turrets and conning tower protected by respectively 7,5cm/3” and 15cm/5.9”. Main armament 4x3015,2cm/6” 57 cal B-38 guns.
2. Sverdlov-class or project 68bis, preceded by the Chapayev-class and succeeded by the Kynda-class, 14 built of the 30 planned 30. Displacement 13.600 (standard)-16.640 (full load) tons and as dimensions 205 (waterline)-201 (over all) x 22 x 6,9 metres or 672.7-689.0 x 72.2 x 22,8 feet. The 2 steam turbines and 6 boilers supplied 118.100 shp allowing a speed of 32,5 knots and with a speed of 18 knots a range of 9.000 nautical miles. Their crew numbered 1.250 men. Armoured with a 10cm/3.9” thick belt. 5cm/2” deck and the gun turrets and conning tower protected by respectively 17,5cm/6.9” and 15cm/5.9”. Main armament 4x3015,2cm/6” 57 cal B-38 guns. The Mikhail Kutuzov survived her class nowadays lying at Novorossiysk.

Source
The report was published on www.archive.org, document number CIA-RDP80T00246A032800400001-3