Kara Class


Country: Soviet Union

The Kara-Class is an example of just how confusing Soviet naval vessel classes can be. The Soviets designated the type a Large Anti-submarine Ship which makes it more of a destroyer in Western eyes. However Kara Class ships are a further development of the Kresta-II design with gas-turbines replacing the steam plant and are larger than Kresta IIs.

The seven ships were built between 1971 and 1979 and all were still in service at the end of the Cold War. The large ships had significant anti-air and anti-submarine capabilities and were operated by both the Soviet Black Sea and Pacific fleets.

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