13 The Large Landing Ship Azov

The Large Landing Ship Azov

Posted on July 25, 2012 by team

Large landing ships of 775 project (Ropucha I according to the NATO classification) are the Soviet series. They are intended for sea-borne troops landing and transportation of troops and cargoes.  They can carry even tanks.

775 series had to be replaced with new 778 ones but after the collapse of the USSR, in 1992, both unfinished ships were destroyed on the stocks.

A large landing ship has to carry one battalion, a medium landing ship – one company, a minor landing ship – a platoon.

The new medium landing ship was designed in Poland. During the work the medium landing ship was reclassified into a large one because it had considerable displacement.

SDK-47 was built in Poland in 1974. The first series of ships was finished in 1978, it consisted of 12 vehicles. These ships were called «Ropucha І» in the west (which means “frog”).

The second series of 16 medium landing ships was finished in 1992. They had different radars and gun mounts.

They planned to build the third series too, specially for T-80 tanks, but the breakup of the Soviet Union disturbed the plans.

Large landing ships were built for the Russian fleet only.

“Turn in smoking and inflammotary articles”

Its displacement – 4080 t. Dimensions: length -112,5 m, width – 15 m, draught – 3,7 m. Max. speed – 18 knots.

Endurance: 6000 miles at 12 knots. Power: 2 diesels, 2 screws, 19200 hp.

Capacity: up to 500 tons of equipment and cargoes, 225 paratroopers.

Tank hold: length – 95m, width – 4,5 m, height – 4,5 m.

Weapons: one 76mm gun mount AK-176, 2×6 30 mm gun mounts AK-630, salvo firing system.

“Turn in smoking and inflammotary articles”

“Do not stand under the barrel”

Tank deck stretches along the whole length of the ship (“Ro-Ro” system).

The ship can be used for mining, military transportation, support of other ships and fleet units.


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13 Responses to “The Large Landing Ship Azov”

  1. Mister Dog says:

    Not as well maintained as some of the other ships that have appeared here. Needs to be taken down to bare metal, primed and repainted.

    • www says:

      its old photo

    • vorontsevich says:

      And how much would that cost? Just to make the ship look pretty? Especially if the new Ivan Gren replacements go forward.

      • Maddcowe says:

        Shipboard painting and preservation doesn’t just make the ship look pretty, it prolongs the life of the ship and it’s systems! Otherwise, sure, let it just rust away until a replacement is found, sounds cost effective!

        • vorontsevich says:

          The Ivan Grens ARE the replacements. If all shipyard nonsense can get sorted out then they can give large orders.

          • Maddcowe says:

            So you think it’s a good idea to just scrap these, because they need painting and preservation? Just toss them because they look crappy. The Ivan Gren class may be the succussor to the Ropucha, but those ships may be a long time away.

            • vorontsevich says:

              My though wasn’t to scrap them, at least not yet. Just keep them working with enough maintenance to keep them functional. Until they are replaced. And the Ivan Grens aren’t a long time away. The first ship was launched at Kaliningrad, and the second one is under way. More orders need to be sorted out.

      • Stoney says:

        Corrosion control is a constant program in the corrosive saltwater environment. This doesn’t just pertain to the hull and superstructure. The salt air takes its toll on the slides of motor controller contacts. The increased friction on the contactor slides can, and does, overpower the spring strength so a unit doesn’t shut down as it should. In these cases the unit case must be split so the corrosion can be eliminated and the units returned to proper operation.

        Proper maintenance is cost effective and vastly cheaper than letting things go until there’s catastrophic failure.

        Adams Class DDG’s, USN, used 1,200 PSI boilers. Four of them, two forward and two aft. Hull failure in a boiler room can result in the boilers exploding. I’ve seen photos of what remained of the ship after a boiler, or boilers, exploded. It isn’t pretty and results in the ship being scrapped. I’ve no idea of how many of the crew were killed or crippled.

        Its no different than regular oil and oil filter changes in an automobile. Its much cheaper to do that rather than have to replace an engine in four or five years.

  2. telorax says:

    Where are they going to land?

  3. telorax says:

    Where are they going to land?

  4. putin says:

    Yea, if that ship isn’t going to be decommissioned anytime soon, it needs some care, lots of coats of paint just slapped on with no prep work, looks shoddy on top of the bad metal work. In the end though, if she works, she works, and who gives a damn what it looks like. A sand blast paint and prime with a camo pattern would look cool though. :)

  5. vorontsevich says:


    these ships were used to land marines at Poti, Georgia in 2008. And if the Russian government can ever make up its mind about which side to take in the Syrian civil war, they could very well be used to drop troops and supplies at Tartus.

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