Slava Class Guided Missile
||Initially known in western naval circles
as BLACKCOM 1 (BLACK Sea COMbatant 1) the
Slava (Glory) class guided missile cruisers
are powerful units clearly intended for actions
against surface fleets. Generally thought
to have been constructed as a backup against
the failure of the Kirov class battle cruiser,
they are nonetheless impressive warships.
Constructed during the late seventies through
to the eighties this class follows the Soviet
naval practice of what western naval critics
have termed, putting all the ships armament
in the shop window.
The Slava Class / Project 1164 cruiser is a conventionally
powered surface warship of 11,280 tons fully loaded
which has been designed primarily for the anti-ship
role, Soviet naval doctrine has been focused on
combatting American carrier battle groups, and
warships such as the Slava class are a part of
their solution. The ships unique battery
of sixteen SS-N-12 Sandbox surface-to-surface
missiles sited in two rows along either side of
the bridge superstructure gives her formidable
firepower and also makes this class easily recognizable.
Anti-aircraft weapons include eight SA-N-6 surface-to-air
missile silos (eight missiles per silo) located
between the funnels and the after end of the hangar.
Contained in vertical launch tubes, these missiles
are intended to provide a Soviet battle group
with defense against carrier or land-based aircraft
firing contemporary stand-off munitions such as
anti-ship missiles. There are also twin SA-N-4
silos located on either side of the hanger doors.
||Anti-submarine weapons comprise fixed 533mm
torpedo tubes mounted behind shutters on either
side of the hull near the hangar and two twelve
barreled RBU-6000 launchers just forward of
the bridge. The raised flight deck on the
stern allows the operation of a Ka-27 helicopter.
Gun armament includes six CIWS 30mm Gatlings,
two forward of the bridge and two on either
side of the superstructure just forward of
the funnels. The main gun consists of a twin
130mm located on the after end of the forecastle.
A full range of sensors is carried and the
four ships of this class are fitted out as
The Slava is not as impressively armed or as
large as the other contemporary Soviet cruiser
class - the mighty Project 1144 Orion (Kirov class),
but it is still a formidible warship in its own
Guided missile cruiser Moskva, (ex-Slava) of
the Russian Federation Navy. Launched in 1979
she entered service in 1983. In 2000 she underwent
a modernization refit and was re-commissioned
as Moskva, hull number 121. She is also the flagship
of the Russian Black Sea Fleet.