:: GNEVNY CLASS (1936-1941) ::

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The Gnevny (Type VII) was a class of Soviet destroyers developed with Italian collaboration and launched between 1936 and 1941. These ships had indeed a notable resemblance with the Italian contemporary types and, unfortunately, the form of their hull was much more suitable for the Mediterranean than for the Arctic, resulting structurally weak. Besides, Russian manufacturers did not manage to produce engines with the required mechanical tolerance, so the machinery gave constant problems. In very few occassions it was possible to reach the projected speed.

Because of this a modified and reinforced version was designed, the Type VII-U fitted with unitary machines, double stacks and a more seaworthy hull. The antiaircraft armament was improved and a modern electronic equipment was installed when this one was obtained from Great Britain and United States near the end of the Second World War. Nine of these ships were lost during the war and the rest were scrapped between 1950 and 1960.

Gnevny class: 29 units including: Bodry, Boiky, Bystry, Gordy, Gromky, Grozny, Rezvyy, Ryanyy, Redkiy, Steregushchy and Stremitelny

Type: Destroyer

Length: 112.9 meters

Beam: 10.2 meters

Draught: 3.8 meters

Displacement (standard): 1687 tonnes

Propulsion: 2 x shaft, 2 x steam turbine, 3 x boiler, 48000 horsepower

Speed: 38 knots (70.3 kilometers/hour)

Range: 2190 nautical miles (4055 kilometers) at 19 knots

Fuel: 550 tonnes of petrol

Complement: 197

Armament: 4 x 130-millimeter 50-caliber cannon, 2 x 76.2-millimeter cannon, 2 x 45-millimeter cannon, 2 x antisubmarine projector, 6 x 533-millimeter torpedo tube, 60 x mine

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