The Moskva cruiser is the flagship of the Black Sea Fleet

Despite being born a long time ago, to this day, the Slava-class cruisers are still the most powerful class of the Russian Navy as well as in the world. There are currently three Slava-class cruisers in service with the Russian Navy, the Moskva cruiser is the flagship of the Black Sea Fleet; Varyag cruiser is the flagship of the Pacific Fleet, the remaining cruiser, Marshal Ustinov, operated in the North Sea Fleet.

Moskva cruiser review

The Slava class, otherwise known as the 1164 Atlant project. Initially the Soviet Union planned to build 10 cruisers, but after political events in the Soviet Union in 1990, only three were actually completed and currently serving in the Russian navy. Moskva, with the hull number 121 is the lead ship of the class, her name was given in honor of the Russian capital Moskva. Before being renamed in 1995, the ship had another name Slava, meaning “glory”. Her keel was laid down in 1976 by 61 Kommunara Shipbuilding Plant, she was launched in 1979 and was officially commissioned for the Soviet Navy in January 1983.

Moscow cruiser, with the hull number 121
Moscow cruiser, with the hull number 121

Commonly, aircraft carriers such as the Kuznetsov-class aircraft cruiser usually have warships to accompany them. With comprehensive air defense and attack capabilities, the Slava-class battleships perfectly fit this role.

The power of the Moskva cruiser is very formidable
The power of the Moskva cruiser is very formidable

According to some sources, the Moskva cruiser is equipped with 16 P-500 Bazalt or P-1000 Vulkan anti-ship missiles and 64 S-300F Fort (SA-N-6 Grumble) long-range surface-to-air missiles. In addition, the ship also has 2 × 20 SA-N-4 missiles for close-range defense, a twin AK-130 130mm dual purpose guns, six AK-630 30mm heavy machine guns, torpedoes and a Ka-27 helicopter.

SS-N-12 firing
SS-N-12 firing

Currently, Russia has three Slava-class warships. Although the fourth ship was nearing completion, production eventually halted due to the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Two other Slava-class ships were planned to be built, but the plan was canceled when the Soviet Union disintegrated.

With a single shot, the Moskva cruiser can destroy an aircraft carrier
With a single shot, the Moskva cruiser can destroy an aircraft carrier

Slava class warships are expected to be used for at least another decade, and they hope that more modern Lider-class warships will soon be operational. However, the ability of the Slava-class warships still give the Russian Navy more effective choices in combat.

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