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      Rocket Cruiser "Admiral Golovko"
Project 58 / Kynda class
Cruiser "Admiral Golovko"
Cruiser "Admiral Golovko"
Cruiser "Admiral Golovko"
Cruiser "Admiral Golovko"
Cruiser "Admiral Golovko"
Cruiser "Admiral Golovko"
Cruiser "Admiral Golovko"
Cruiser "Admiral Golovko"

The Kynda class surface warfare cruisers, deployed during 1962-1965, were among the first of the modern Soviet warships. Initially laid down as destroyers, on 29 September 1962 they were redesignated as Rocket Cruisers. Only slightly longer than the Krupnyy and Kildin destroyer, they had significantly more firepower and could launch 16 SS-N-3b SLCMs and 24 SA-N-1 surface-to-air missiles, and also had six 21-inch torpedo tubes. A new distinct hull-form with a long forecastle, a low quarterdeck and a square cut-away stern was adopted, setting a pattern for later missile cruisers. The only real defects of these ships was excessive top-weight which forced the decision to build a larger ship (the Kresta I).

"Admiral Golovko" was laid down as the "Doblestnyi", but renamed on 31st October 1962. Was in Northern Fleet from Jan.22/1965, Black Seas Fleet - from Mar.22/1968. Was refitted between June 1982 and March 1989 at Sevmorzavod (Sevastopol). Was recommissioned from reserve in 1995 to serve as the flagship of the Black Sea Fleet, though by mid-1997 the Black Sea Fleet flag had transferred to the Kara class "Kerch" and now deactivated.

Builder: Zhdanov Yard, Leningrad
Year: 1964
Displacement: 5,500 tons full load
Speed: 34 knots
Dimensions: 465' 8" x 51' 8" x 17' 3" / 142.00m x 15.80m x 5.30m
Propulsion: Four high pressure boilers are fitted with two TV-12 steam turbines totalling 91000shp on two shafts
Crew: 375
Systems: MR-500 Kliver, 3D Air Search radar
MR-302 Rubka Surface Search radar
Uspekh-U radar downlink
Don Navigation
Yatagan SA-N-1 fire control
MR-105 AK-726 fire control
Binom P35 Progress fire control
GAS-372 hull mounted Sonars
Missiles: 1 x twin arm launcher for Volna / SA-N-1 SAM (16 rounds)
8 x SM70 launchers for P35 Progress-M / SS-N-3 Shaddock tubes (8rounds + 8 reloads)
Guns: 4 x 76mm AK-726 guns in twin turrets (1250 rounds)
4 30-mm/65-cal (multi barrel)
Aviation: A flightdeck is fitted aft, but no hangar or helicopter is carried
Ect. armament: 6 x 21" TTA-53-57 torpedo tubes in triple mountings
2 x RBU-6000 AS mortars
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