Thursday, January 5, 2017

The wrecked Soviet Murmansk battle cruiser

Murmansk was a Sverdlov-class light cruiser of the Soviet Navy's Northern Fleet. She was laid down in Severodvinsk in 1953 and commissioned on 22 September 1955. In 1956 she joined the 2nd Cruiser Division until she was decommissioned in 1989. 

In 1994, Murmansk was sold to India for scrapping but on her way there, she ran aground and partially sank, off the Norwegian village of Sørvær. Although it was estimated that the winter storms would destroy Murmansk's parts that were above water, the ship remained rusty but intact until 2009 when a dismantling operation was finally funded. As the ship was in very bad state it was decided to remove it piece by piece, rather than tow it. A massive breakwater and dry dock was constructed around Murmansk to access the shipwreck from land and demolish it where it rested. The dock around the wreck was sealed in April 2012 and the project was completed in 2013.



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