Sverdlov

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Sverdlov
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Sverdlov
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Description

The Sverdlov (pr.68-bis), 1952 is a rank V Soviet light cruiser with a battle rating of 5.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.97 "Viking Fury".

General info

Survivability and armour

Armourfront / side / back
Citadel120 / 100 / 50 mm
Main fire tower175 / 65 / 60 mm
Hull20 mm (steel)
Superstructure8 mm (steel)
Number of section9
Displacement19 200 t
Crew1 270 people

Talk about the vehicle's armour. Note the most well-defended and most vulnerable zones, e.g. the ammo magazine. Evaluate the composition of components and assemblies responsible for movement and manoeuvrability. Evaluate the survivability of the primary and secondary armaments separately. Don't forget to mention the size of the crew, which plays an important role in fleet mechanics. Save tips on preserving survivability for the "Usage in battles" section. If necessary, use a graphical template to show the most well-protected or most vulnerable points in the armour.

Mobility

Speedforward / back
AB72 / 38 km/h
RB61 / 32 km/h

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Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB6 100 → 7 930 Sl icon.png
RB7 400 → 9 620 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications209 900 Rp icon.png
305 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 000 Ge icon.png
Crew training180 000 Sl icon.png
Experts610 000 Sl icon.png
Aces1 500 Ge icon.png
Research Aces670 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
250 / 310 / 100 % Sl icon.png
190 / 190 / 190 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Seakeeping Unsinkability Firepower
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Dry-Docking
Research:
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Rudder Replacement
Research:
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Propeller Replacement
Research:
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Cost:
12 000 Sl icon.png
280 Ge icon.png
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Engine Maintenance
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
19 000 Sl icon.png
440 Ge icon.png
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Tool Set
Research:
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Cost:
12 000 Sl icon.png
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Fire Protection System
Research:
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Smokescreen
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Shrapnel Protection
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Ventilation
Research:
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New Pumps
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Cost:
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Ammo Wetting
Research:
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Cost:
19 000 Sl icon.png
440 Ge icon.png
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Anti-Air Armament Targeting
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Auxiliary Armament Targeting
Research:
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Improved Rangefinder
Research:
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Improved Rangefinder
Research:
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Cost:
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Primary Armament Targeting
Research:
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Cost:
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Torpedo Mode
Research:
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Cost:
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Armament

Primary armament

4 х Turret3 x 152 mm/57 B-38 cannon
Ammunition540 rounds
Vertical guidance-5° / 45°

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Secondary armament

6 х Turret2 x 100 mm/56 SM-5-1 cannon
Ammunition600 rounds

Some ships are fitted with weapons of various calibres. Secondary armaments are defined as weapons chosen with the control Select secondary weapon. Evaluate the secondary armaments and give advice on how to use them. Describe the ammunition available for the secondary armament. Provide recommendations on how to use them and which ammunition to choose. Remember that any anti-air armament, even heavy calibre weapons, belong in the next section. If there is no secondary armament, remove this section.

Anti-aircraft armament

16 х Turret2 x 37 mm twin automatic V-11 cannon
Ammunition4000 rounds
Belt capacity5 rounds
Fire rate180 shots/min
Main article: V-11 (37 mm)

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Additional armament

Setup 114 x 533 mm 53-39 torpedo
Main article: 53-39 (533 mm)

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Usage in battles

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Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Very effective AA suite with 100 mm VT shells and 37 mm automatic guns
  • Enough armour to withstand multiple shots
  • 12 x 152 mm cannons with various types of ammunition

Cons:

  • Difficult to manoeuvre
  • After exhausting the first-stage storage of the main guns, the reload speed is significantly reduced
  • If the torpedoes are loaded they can cause an explosion if they are hit, disabling or even sinking the ship

History

The Soviet Cruiser Sverdlov underway in 1974.

The Soviet cruiser Sverdlov was the lead ship of the Sverdlov class of light cruisers built for the Soviet navy in the 1950s. Being conventional cruisers, they were designed to function as bluewater ships with the ability to perform commerce raiding duties if required, similar to the German pocket battleships and battlecruisers. The ships inherited the hulls of the previous Chapayev class, but carried an improved armament and new sensor systems. Sverdlov was commissioned in 1952, and spent most of her operational career making visits to various foreign ports and countries. She was eventually retired in the late 1970s and scrapped shortly before the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Design and development

After the construction of the Chapayev class (Project 68), the Soviet Union began the development of an improved iteration of the ship, to be known as the Sverdlov class or Project 68bis. A total of 40 ships were intended to be built, along with the larger Stalingrad-class battlecruisers and Soviet aircraft carriers. As well, the ships were intended to be capable of commerce raiding, as shown by the conspicuous success of the German commerce raiders during World War II. As a result, the ships were the largest cruisers ever built by the Soviet navy up to that time (and largest until the introduction of the Kirov-class battlecruisers), displacing 16 640 tons. Because the Soviet Leader Stalin had been a supporter of the program, his death in 1953 saw the total number of ships cut to 14. The lead ship, Sverdlov, was laid down in October of 1949 and completed by May of 1952.

Sverdlov displaced 16 640 tons full and had a crew complement of 1250 officers and men. Her main armament consisted of twelve 6-inch (152 mm) guns in four triple turrets, similar to the British Crown Colony-class and American Cleveland-class. Despite this, the Sverdlovs were still inferior in armament to the American Baltimore-class and Des Moines-class cruisers that were then in service. The ships had a heavy anti-aircraft battery of twelve 100 mm guns in twin turrets, and 32 37 mm anti-aircraft guns in twin turrets. The ships also carried two quintuple torpedo tubes on their beam. Powered by steam turbines developing 118 000 shaft horsepower, the Sverdlov could make 32.5 knots (60 km/h) and had a range of 9000 nautical miles.

Operational history

The Sverdlov joined the Soviet 4th Fleet in 1952 after her commissioning, and soon after attended the coronation review of Queen Elizabeth II at Portsmouth. Soon after, she visited Portsmouth again as well as the Dutch port of Rotterdam. She received a major overhaul in 1960 before being laid up and decommissioned. In 1972, she was reactivated again, and visited several European ports before being retired one final time in 1978. By this time, the gun-cruiser nature of the Sverdlovs had made them highly obsolete. As a result, she was sold to an Indian ship-breaker company in 1991, and scrapped by 1993. Out of all the Sverdlov-class cruisers, only Mikhail Kutuzov survives to this day as a museum ship.

Devblog

The Project 68bis light cruisers were a serious modernisation of the Project 68K ships (one of which, the Chapaev light cruiser, you know well). The essence of all planned improvements was simple: to apply all the accumulated military experience and technical achievements as soon as possible to make the light cruisers better in every way. In the course of the modernisation process, the anti-air weaponry was significantly improved, torpedo armament was added, and the armour and stability of the ships were upgraded. The engineers paid special attention to the protection for the crew, which was increased, by the way. All uncovered battle stations received armour or some other kind of protection, and it became possible to move from bow to rear without going out onto the open sections of the deck. 

The height of the freeboard increased, which provided ships of this class with better weather resistance and greater range. In keeping with the changes to the naval warfare doctrine, the Project 68bis light cruiser benefited from significant self-sustainment of up to 30 days, and also its sailing range was increased to 9,000 miles. The need for these improvements was so great that the building of the first Project 68bis light cruisers had begun even before the complete project documentation was agreed upon. The leading ship of the series, the Sverdlov, was launched in the summer of 1950, and a short while later, she was put into service as a part of the Baltic Fleet. The Sverdlov light cruiser carried out combat duties in the waters of the Baltic Sea and Atlantic Ocean until her lay-up in 1978. In 1989, the ship was removed from storage, disarmed, and sold to India for scrap metal.

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See also

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  • reference to the series of the ship;
  • links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.

External links

References

  • Clarke, A. (2018, June 01). Sverdlov Class Cruisers, and the Royal Navy's Response. Retrieved January 20, 2021, from http://globalmaritimehistory.com/sverdlov_class_rn_response/
USSR light cruisers
Krazny Kavkaz*  Krasny Kavkaz
Svetlana-class  Krasny Krym
Kirov-class  Kirov · Maxim Gorky
Chapayev-class  Chapayev · Zheleznyakov
Sverdlov-class  Sverdlov
  *  = Unique ship