6 The Cruiser That Never Gave Up

The Cruiser That Never Gave Up

Posted on May 16, 2013 by team

The ship even had its own printshop which published a newspaper “Severomorets”.

But N. Khruschev and Secretary of Defence G. Zhukov wanted another fleet – nuclear, missile-armed, mostly undersea one. Any disputes with the nation’s leadership were doomed to failure. As well as the destiny of the existing gunships.

Everything started from reduction of naval armed forces. Finished ships were sent for scrap, unfinished ones remained unfinished… In the period from 1955 to 1958 240 ships were scapped. “Murmansk” was under threat too. But instead of sharing the destiny of other gunships it was sent for gun practice to fire at the low-flying targets. “Murmansk” managed with the task perfectly but nevertheless in April 1957 they started to prepare it for laying up. The crew reduced from 1270 to 925 and later to 495 sailors. Its destiny was still being up in the air – there always was someone who was trying to defend it.

In 1961 the policy towards gun cruisers started to change.

“Murmansk” cruiser started to revive – such ships seemed to be useful in the situation of growing power of the American fleet. The ship started to perform training maneuvers together with nuclear, diesel submarines aтв other ships.

Then it began its first long-range cruise to the Atlantic. In 1964 it had several cruises with other warships taking part in the target practice. Since 1964 it started to sail to other countries too. Thus it was invited to the Trondheim port of Norway to participate in the celebrations of the 20th anniversary the Norway liberation by the Karelian troops and sailors of the Northern Fleet.


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6 Responses to “The Cruiser That Never Gave Up”

  1. RB says:

    why did they have to take it apart a wee bit of paint and she would have been good as new?

  2. MaLV says:

    Excellent story and pictures!
    You learn something new everyday.

  3. Boris says:

    What a sad fate for such a fine ship…

  4. mis says:

    It’s hard to believe that this cofferdam structure, even after removal, is less damaging to the local environment than simply leaving the wreak in place, especially after it has already leaked all of its oil.

    I’m also curious as to how the wreck went from being nearly on its side to upright. Was there an earlier salvage effort?

  5. Uroš says:

    Great story, but not true. There were 2 Murmanks ships and this is a mix of their both stories. One was from the forties in Soviet navy and one from the fifties onward. The first one was really called Milwaukee and from USA from WWI but was crapped in 1949. Second one was built by SSSR in 1953 and sunk in 1994 in Norway…

  6. MAXDMG says:

    What a waste… Norway can repare it for museum(like its sistership Mikhail Kutuzov)…

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