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Destroyer Bodry
Project 7 / Gnevny Class

The Gnevny class were a group of 29 destroyers built for the Soviet Navy in the late 1930s. They are sometimes known as the Gremyashchiy class and the official Soviet designation was Project 7. These ships fought in World War II.

The Gnevnys had an overall length of 112.8 meters, a beam of 10.2 meters, and a draft of 4.8 meters at deep load. The ships were significantly overweight, almost 200 metric tons heavier than designed, displacing 1612 metric tons at standard load and 2039 metric tons at deep load. Their crew numbered 197 officers and sailors in peacetime and 236 in wartime.

The ships were powered by two geared steam turbine sets, each driving a single three-bladed 3.18-meter propeller using steam provided by three water-tube boilers. The turbines, rated at 48,000 shp (36,000 kW), were intended to give the ships a speed of 37 knots.

The Gnevny-class ships mounted four 130-millimeter B-13 guns in two pairs of superfiring single mounts fore and aft of the superstructure. Each gun was provided with 150 rounds. The manually operated mounts had an elevation range between -5° to +45° and had a rate of fire of 6-10 rounds per minute. They fired a 33.4-kilogram shell at a muzzle velocity of 870 m/s, which gave them a range of 25,597 meters. Anti-aircraft defense was provided by two 55-caliber 76.2-millimeter 34-K AA guns and two 46-caliber 45-millimeter 21-K AA guns, all in single mounts as well as a pair of 12.7-millimeter DK or DShK machine guns. The ships were equipped with six 533 mm torpedo tubes in two rotating triple mounts amidships; each tube was provided with a reload. The ships could also carry a maximum of either 60 or 95 mines and 25 depth charges.

Destroyer Bodry laid down on 31 December 1935 at the Shipyard named after 61 kommunara, Nikolaev (yard No.314), launched on 01 August 1936, commissioned on 06 November 1938 and was assigned to the Black Sea Fleet.

She spent much of the next year under repair, refitting from June 1939 to April 1940 at Shipyard No. 198 and again in August-October at Shipyard No. 201 in Sevastopol. The destroyer visited the Romanian port of Constanca in June 1940. When the Germans invaded the Soviet Union on 22 June 1941, the ship was assigned to the 2nd Destroyer Division of the Black Sea Fleet with her sisters built for the Black Sea Fleet and the destroyer leader Tashkent. On that day, she was in Sevastopol having her boilers cleaned. On 9 July, the 2nd Destroyer Division, including the destroyer leader Kharkov, Bodry and her sister ships Besposhchadny, Boyky and Bezuprechny, made an unsuccessful attempt to interdict Axis shipping near Fidonisi. On 19-20 July, the light cruiser Komintern, Kharkov, Bodry and the destroyers Smyshleny and Shaumyan and numerous smaller craft, covered the retreat of the Danube Flotilla to Odessa. While bombarding Axis positions on 19, 26-27 August and 9-13 September, she was lightly damaged by an Axis shell on 9 September. The ship also ferried supplies to Odessa and escorted the transports conveying the 157th Rifle Division from Novorossiysk to Odessa on 16-21 September. Two weeks later, Bodry helped to escort the ships evacuating the division from Odessa to Sevastopol on 3-6 October. In preparation for the evacuation of Odessa, she laid 48 mines on 14 October, bombarded Axis troops the following day and helped to evacuate the city's defenders on the 16th.

While providing naval gunfire support to Soviet troops on 31 October, Bodry was attacked by Junkers Ju 87 "Stuka" dive bombers from StG 77. While not directly hit, near misses peppered her with fragments, killing 4 crewmen and wounding 49. The ship was sent to Poti, Georgia, for repairs on 3 November which were completed on the 17th. Bodry helped to transport the 388th Rifle Division from Novorossiysk to Sevastopol on 7-13 December. On 21 December, she ferried 340 soldiers, six anti-tank guns and 35 t (34.4 long tons) of ammunition to Sevastopol. After her arrival, the ship bombarded German troops near the city with 298 shells from her main guns on 21-22 December. On 29-30 December, Bodry escorted reinforcements during the Battle of the Kerch Peninsula.

On 12 January 1942, the destroyer escorted the battleship Parizhskaya Kommuna as she bombarded targets near Stary Krym while contributing 86 shells of her own. She expended 88 main-gun shells on targets near Feodosia on 21 January. The ship received a brief refit at Tuapse from 28 January to 2 February. The ship was under repair at Poti from February until she was badly damaged by German bombers on 16 July. Bodry was struck by three bombs that blew the aft torpedo tube mount and rangefinder over the side and cracked her keel. Badly flooded, she was dry docked for repairs, but her stern broke off when the water was pumped out. The ship was under repair until 31 December 1944. During the war she fired a total of 1332 shells from her main guns and laid 50 mines.

Bodry had her Lend-Lease electronics replaced by Soviet systems after the war and was modernized from 1951 to 31 December 1953. She was reclassified as a target ship on 17 February 1956 and renamed TsL-3. The ship then became a stationary training ship on 13 October 1959 and was renamed UTS-8. 09 February 1962 reclassified to a floating target and landed on a coastal bank near the Tendra Spit.

Displacement (tons):
Full load:2039
Dimensions (m):
Speed (knots):38,3
Range: 2640 nmi (20 knots)
Autonomy (days):10
Propulsion:2 geared steam turbines, 48,000 shp (36,000 kW), 3 water-tube boilers, 2 shafts

4x1 130-mm guns
2x1 76,2-mm AA guns
2x1 45-mm AA guns
2x1 12,7-mm AA machineguns
2x3 533 mm torpedo tubes
60-95 mines
25 depth charges

Complement:197 (15 officers, 44 warrant officers)


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