Kaganovich file photo [8881]


Ship ClassKirov-class Light Cruiser
Builder#199 Amurski, Komsomol'sk, Russia
Laid Down26 Aug 1938
Launched7 May 1944
Commissioned6 Dec 1944
Displacement8,400 tons standard; 10,040 tons full
Length628 feet
Beam58 feet
Draft19 feet
MachinerySix Yarrow-Normand boilers, TB-7 geared turbines, two shafts
Bunkerage1,707t oil overload
Power Output126,900 SHP
Speed36 knots
Range5,590nm at 17 knots
Armament9x180mm/57 MK-3-180 guns, 8x85mm/52 90-K DP guns, 6x45mm/46 21-K guns, 10x37mm/67 70-K guns, 6x12.7mm DShK machine guns, 6x533mm 53-38 torpedoes, 100 mines, 20 depth charges
Armor70mm belt, turrets, barbettes, bulkheads; 50mm deck; 150mm conning tower
Aircrafttwo KOR-2 floatplanes
Sold for Scrap6 Feb 1960


ww2dbaseKaganovich was laid down in 1938 and was commissioned in Vladivostok in the Russian Far East. However, she was not fully completed until 29 Jan 1947, thus missing all WW2 action. She was named for Joseph Stalin's associate Lazar Kaganovich; in 1945, Lazar's brother Mikhail was accused of associating with Stalin's political opponents and committed suicide to avoid persecution, thus the ship was renamed Lazar Kaganovich to distinguish her from Mikhail. In the late 1940s and most of 1950s, she performed training missions. On 3 Aug 1957, she was renamed once more, this time to Petropavlovsk, as Lazar Kaganovich was purged from the government after a unsuccessful coup against Nikita Khrushchev. On 19 Sep 1957, her exterior was badly damaged by a Force 12 typhoon, though her hull remained in tact, and she was able to sail back under her own power. She was sold for scrap in 1960.

ww2dbaseSources: Warship 2009, Wikipedia.

Last Major Revision: Nov 2009

Kaganovich Operational Timeline

6 Dec 1944 Kaganovich was commissioned into service.


Light cruiser Kaganovich, date unknown

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