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Italian Fleet
Geniere Pack
Chapayev (pr.68K), 1950
General characteristics
1184 peopleCrew
14040 tDisplacement
7Number of section
175 / 65 / 60 mmMain fire tower armor
120 / 100 / 50 mmCitadel armor
25 mm (steel)Hull armor
8 mm (steel)Superstructure armor
Primary armament
3 x 152 mm/57 B-38 cannon4 x Turret
540 roundsAmmunition
-5° / 45°Vertical guidance
Secondary armament
2 x 100 mm/56 SM-5-1 cannon4 x Turret
600 roundsAmmunition
Anti-aircraft armament
2 x 37 mm twin automatic V-11 cannon14 x Turret
4000 roundsAmmunition
5 roundsBelt capacity
180 shots/minFire rate
220000 Rp icon.pngResearch
610000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png0/6800 / 8819/5800 / 7522Repair
180000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
610000 Sl icon.pngExperts
1500 Ge icon.pngAces
190 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
100 % Sl icon.png150 % Sl icon.png150 % Sl icon.png


GarageImage Chapayev.jpg

The Chapayev (pr.68K), 1950 is a rank IV Russian cruiser with a battle rating of 5.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.91 "Night Vision".

General info

Survivability and armour

Strong armor against any and all 155 mm shells, only constant AP fire from the likes of the USS Brooklyn will cause enough damage to put a dent in your crew count. Against 8-inch shells, it is recommended to angle your hull 45 degrees towards the attacker to avoid penetrating hits to your ammunition and engine compartments. Against the Admiral Graf Spee, it is adviced to pray and/or hope the enemy ship is using high-explosive shells.

The Chapayev turrets are immune to HE and AP shells from destroyers, as well resistance against being incapacitated from enemy secondary guns that ships like the IJN Mogami and the Kirov suffer from a lot. Against cruisers, the turrets are quite resistant to their high-explosive shells aside from the lucky shell that will hit one of the gun breeches, which will disable only one out of the three guns on the turret.

Deck armor is strong enough to resist 250 kg bombs, but heavier ones will cause catastrophic damage.


The Chapayev possess an average maximum speed with somewhat quick acceleration. The rudder is very responsive for a cruiser, but the ship tends to list a lot from the tiniest rudder movements and takes a while to recover, which can mess up gun accuracy.


Primary armament

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Secondary armament

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Anti-aircraft armament

Main article: V-11 (37 mm)

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Usage in battles

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Tier Seakeeping Unsinkability Firepower
I Dry-Docking Tool Set 152 mm B-35 AP 100 mm ZS-56 HE Anti-Air Armament Targeting
II Rudder Replacement Fire Protection System Smokescreen 152 mm PB-35 SAP 100 mm F-55 HE-F Auxiliary Armament Targeting
III Propeller Replacement Shrapnel Protection Ventilation 152 mm ZS-35 AA Improved Rangefinder Primary Armament Targeting
IV Engine Maintenance New Pumps Ammo Wetting 100 mm ZS-55R AA-VT

Pros and cons

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In July 1937, the USSR formally joined the 1936 London Naval Agreement. Having agreed to the restrictions imposed by the treaty, Soviet shipbuilders began developing a new light cruiser design around the treaty limitations. However, it quickly became clear that it wasn’t possible to match the new design against both treaty limitations and naval needs, despite the already applying weight saving measures. As a result, the decision was made to disregard the treaty restrictions in March 1938, with the design already being approved by the following year.

Initially, 26 ships of the Project 68 cruisers were planned for construction. However, initial construction difficulties resulted in only 7 ships being laid down, of which 4 were later launched. The subsequent German invasion in June 1941 led to all work on ships of the Project 68 class to be suspended.

Following the end of WWII, Soviet shipbuilders quickly realized that, due to the appearance of new technologies and tactics, vessels such as the Project 68 ships were no longer suitable for modern naval combat. Thus, the decision was made to restart their construction under a modernized design. The lead ship of this class was the Soviet light cruiser Chapayev.

Chapayev was laid down in October 1939 and launched in April 1941. Having its construction suspended during the war, it was only restarted in the late 1940s, with the ship finally seeing completion and entering service with the Soviet Navy in May 1950. Chapayev served until 1958, before being assigned to support roles leading up to its retirement. In the early 1960s, the ship was ultimately decommissioned from service and was subsequently broken up for scrap in 1964.

- From Devblog


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See also

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External links

USSR light cruisers
Krazny Kavkaz*  Krasny Kavkaz
Svetlana-class  Krasny Krym
Kirov-class  Kirov · Maxim Gorky
Chapayev-class  Chapayev
Sverdlov-class  Sverdlov
  *  = Unique ship