MOSCOW, ($1=62.13 Russian Rubles) — Russia has elected a new leader of its Black Sea Fleet after the Russian Navy’s flagship missile cruiser Moskva [Moscow] was sunk in mid-April by a Ukrainian missile [Ukraine claims] or by a fire in the weapons ammunition depot [Russia claims so]. The frigate Admiral Makarov, an Admiral Grigorovich-class frigate [Krivak IV-class] is the new leading ship of the Russian Black Sea Fleet.
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The frigate Admiral Makarov is based in Sevastopol. In December 2017, she was officially accepted into military service in the Russian Navy. The frigate is 124.8 m long [409 ft], has a beam of 15.2 m [50 ft], and has a draft of 4.2 m [14 ft]. The frigate is powered by two COGAG shafts, two DS-71 cruise gas turbines providing 8,450 shp [6,300 kW], two DT-59 boost gas turbines providing 22,000 shp [16,000 kW], and all of which give the ship a total power of 60,900 shp [45,400 kW].
The maximum speed of the frigate is 30 kn [56 km / h; 35 mph], and the maximum distance can be 4,850 nmi [8,980 km; 5,580 mi] at 14 kn [26 km / h; 16 mph]. The crew of the frigate Admiral Makarov is 200 sailors.
The Admiral Markov frigate is equipped with three main radars, as follows: air search radar Fregat M2M, surface search radar 3Ts-25 Garpun-B, MR-212 / 201-1, Nucleus-2 6000A, and fire control radar JSC 5P-10 Puma FCS, 3R14N-11356 FCS, MR-90 Orekh SAM FCS. The ship has an electronic warfare system type TK-25-5 and four countermeasures type KT-216.
The main armament consists of a 100 mm A-190 Arsenal naval gun, 8 [2 × 4] UKSK VLS cells for Caliber, Oniks, or Zircon anti-ship / cruise missiles, 24 [2 × 12] 3S90M VLS cells for 9M317M surface-to -air-missiles, two AK-630 CIWS, 8 Needle-S or Verba, two double 533 mm torpedo tubes and one RBU-6000 rocket launcher. The ship has a helipad for takeoff and landing of a Ka-27 series helicopter.
The sinking of a missile cruiser Moskva (Moscow)
According to the Russian state news agency TASS, a fire broke out on the missile cruiser, which caused the explosion of the ammunition with which it was armed or transported. TASS reports that the entire crew of the ship was evacuated. Early in the morning of April 14, the Intelsky Twitter account wrote that the missile cruiser was already at the bottom of the Black Sea.
According to Ukrainian media, the local coastal anti-ship missile Neptune hit the Russian cruiser, causing an explosion and sinking of the ship. “It has been confirmed that the missile cruiser Moscow today went exactly where it was sent by our border guards on Snake Island!” Odessa governor Maksym Marchenko said in a Telegram message same day. “Neptune missiles guarding the Black Sea caused very serious damage to the Russian ship.”
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