Project 68U2 class light cruiser, Admiral Senyavin - A new lease of life

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Project 68U2 class light cruiser, Admiral Senyavin - A new lease of life

Note - Since this suggestion was originally for both command cruisers each on will focus on one ship in particular however both ships will be mentioned.



The Project 68U2 class light cruiser was one of two Soviet Project 68 Bis class cruisers which in the early 1970’s were converted into command cruisers of two separate modification, the ship which would receive the conversion into the Project 68U2 was the Admiral Senyavin which was laid down in 1951, launched in 1952, and commissioned in 1954, both would receive different modifications with Zhdanov receiving the Project 68U1 Bukhta-1 modernization and Admiral Senyavin receiving the Project 68U2 Bukhta-2 modernization.

The conversion saw both ships see their main armament reduced with Zhdanov having her super firing rear turret removed and Admiral Senyavin would see both of her rear turrets removed and in exchange they both also saw the installation of twin 30mm gun turrets with the former getting 4 and the latter receiving 8, additionally both vessels saw the installation of a twin arm sam launcher of their rears, as Admiral Senyavin had both rear turrets removed as she saw the installation of a helipad and a hanger at the rear, this feature was not present on Zhdanov.

Following the conversion both ships would remain in service until the latter half of the 1980’s with both ships only being scrapped after the Cold War in 1991 and 1992 respectively.

Project 68U2



14,350 tons standard

17,890 tons fully loaded


210 m (689 ft 0 in) overall

205 m (672 ft 7 in) waterline

Beam: 22 m (72 ft 2 in)

Draft: 7.8 m (25.9 ft)


2 shafts

2 TV-7 geared steam turbines sets

6 KV-68 boilers; 110,000 hp (82,000 kW)

Speed: 32.4 kts (60 km/h; 37.2 mph)

Range: 6940 nmi at 18 knots

Complement: 856

Sensors and Systems: (Not including FCS)

MR-510 Kil air search radar

MR-302 Rubka surface search radar

P-12 Yenisey radar

Don navigation radar

Electronic warfare:

Krab-11 ESM radar system

Planshet CCS

Primary Armament:

2 x triple 152mm/57 (6-inch) B-38 Pattern 1938 naval guns in MK-5-Bis mounts

Fire Control system(s):

  • Molniya AC-68bis-A with 2 radars Zalp fire control system

Dual purpose armament:

6 x twin 100mm/70 (3.9 inch) SM-5-1 DP naval guns

Fire Control system(s):

  • Zenit-68bis-A with 2 radars Yakor fire control system

Anti aircraft armament:

16 x twin 37mm/67 V-11M

Fire Control system(s): (N/A)

8 x twin 30mm/63 AK-230 AA guns

Fire Control system(s):

  • 4 x MR-104 Rys fire control system

SAM launchers:

1 x 2 Zif-122 4K33 Osa-M SAM (20 9M33 missiles total)

Fire Control system(s):

  • 4R-33 fire control system

Armor: (From my knowledge the armor should be the same as that of the Sverdlov in-game)

Belt: 100 mm (3.9 in)

Conning tower: 150 mm (5.9 in)

Deck: 50 mm (2.0 in)

Turrets: 175 mm (6.9 in) front, 65 mm (2.6 in) sides, 60 mm (2.4 in) rear, 75 mm (3.0 in) roof

Barbettes: 130 mm (5.1 in)

Bulkheads: 100–120 mm (3.9–4.7 in)


(Top: Project 68U2) (Bottom: Project 68U1)



Sverdlov-class cruiser - Wikipedia

Soviet cruiser Zhdanov - Wikipedia

Soviet cruiser Admiral Senyavin (1952) - Wikipedia

Image Sources


Sverdlov class

NH 90762 ADMIRAL SENYAVIN (Soviet light cruiser, 1953--)

NH 90754 ADMIRAL SENYAVIN (Soviet light cruiser, 1953--)

NH 90757 ADMIRAL SENYAVIN (Soviet light cruiser, 1953--)

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