The Krivak IV class with 32 VLS replaces the sunken cruiser Moskva

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MOSCOW, ($1 = 62.13 Russian rubles) — Russia has elected a new head of its Black Sea Fleet after the Russian Navy’s flagship missile cruiser Moskva [Moscow] was sunk in mid-April by a Ukrainian missile [Ukraine claims] or by a fire in the weapons ammunition depot [Russia claims so]. The Admiral Makarov frigate, an Admiral Grigorovich-class frigate [Krivak IV-class] is the new lead ship of the Russian Black Sea Fleet.

Photo: TASS

The Admiral Makarov frigate is based in Sevastopol. In December 2017, she was officially accepted for military service in the Russian Navy. The frigate is 124.8m long [409 ft]has a beam of 15.2m [50 ft]and has a draft of 4.2m [14 ft]. The frigate is powered by two COGAG shafts, two DS-71 cruising gas turbines providing 8,450 shp [6,300 kW]two DT-59 boost gas turbines delivering 22,000 shp [16,000 kW]and which give the vessel a total power of 60,900 shp [45,400 kW].

The maximum speed of the frigate is 30 knots [56 km / h; 35 mph]and the maximum distance can be 4,850 nautical miles [8,980 km; 5,580 mi] at 14 knots [26 km / h; 16 mph]. The crew of the Admiral Makarov frigate is 200 sailors.

The Admiral Markov frigate is equipped with three main radars, as follows: Fregat M2M air search radar, 3Ts-25 Garpun-B surface search radar, MR-212 / 201-1, Nucleus-2 6000A and control radar of firing JSC 5P-10 Puma FCS, 3R14N-11356 FCS, MR-90 Orekh SAM FCS. The ship has a TK-25-5 type electronic warfare system and four KT-216 type countermeasures.

The main armament consists of a 100 mm A-190 Arsenal naval gun, 8 [2 × 4] UKSK VLS cells for Caliber, Oniks or Zircon anti-ship/cruise missiles, 24 [2 × 12] 3S90M VLS cells for 9M317M surface-to-air missiles, two CIWS AK-630, 8 Needle-S or Verba, two twin 533 mm torpedo tubes and one RBU-6000 rocket launcher. The ship has a helipad for take-off and landing of a Ka-27 series helicopter.

The sinking of the Moskva missile cruiser (Moscow)

According to the Russian state news agency TASS, a fire broke out on the missile cruiser, which caused the explosion of the ammunition with which it was armed or carried. TASS reports that the ship’s entire crew has been evacuated. Early in the morning of April 14, Intelsky’s Twitter account wrote that the missile cruiser was already at the bottom of the Black Sea.

According to Ukrainian media, the local coastal anti-ship missile Neptune hit the Russian cruiser, causing an explosion and sinking of the ship. “It was confirmed that the missile cruiser Moscow went today exactly where it was sent by our border guards on Snake Island!” Odessa Governor Maksym Marchenko said in a Telegram message the same day. “Neptune missiles guarding the Black Sea caused very serious damage to the Russian ship.”

The Neptune or S-300F missile sank the Russian cruiser Moscow
Photo credit: Wikipedia

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