Murmansk (1955)

Murmansk, probably in the late 1970s. Image believed to be in the public domain.

Nation
Ship Type
Laid Down
1953
Launched
1955
Commissioned
1955
Decommissioned
1989
AD/BC
AD
History

Murmansk was a Soviet Project 68-bis light cruiser, called the Sverdlov-class by NATO. Laid down in 1953, Murmansk commissioned in 1955, and was assigned to the 2nd Cruiser Division of the Northern Fleet. Intended to operate as a commerce raider during wartime, Murmansk would have been well armed for a World War II cruiser, but by the 1960s he was decidedly at a disadvantage to more modern ships. He did not receive any of the upgrades some of the class did in the 1970s, and was decommissioned in 1989. Murmansk remained in reserve until 1994, when he was sold to India for scrapping. While under tow, he ran aground and wrecked off the Norwegian coast. Murmansk rested there until 2012 when scrapping began as he lay. Demolition was completed in 2013.