Don-class submarine tender

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Class overview
Name: Don class
Builders: Nikolayev Shipyard
Succeeded by: Ugra-class submarine tender
Built: 1958-61
In commission: 1961-89?
Completed: 7
Retired: 7
General characteristics
Type: Submarine tender
Displacement: 6730 tons standard, 9000 tons full load
Length: 140 m (460 ft)
Beam: 17.7 m (58 ft)
Draught: 6.4 m (21 ft)
Propulsion: 4 Diesel engines, 8,000 hp (6,000 kW)
Speed: 17 knots (31 km/h; 20 mph)
Range: 21,000 km (11,000 nmi; 13,000 mi) at 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph)
Complement: 300 to 450
Sensors and
processing systems:
Radar: Hawk Screech, Slim Net
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
2 Watch dog ECM systems, Vee cone communication system
  • 4 x 100 mm (4 in) guns
  • 4 x 57 mm (2.2 in) guns,

The Don-class submarine tender was the NATO reporting name for a group of submarine tenders built for the Soviet Navy in the late 1950s. The Soviet designation was Project 310 Batur.


The class were designed to support Soviet submarines on distant operations. They had significant self-defence armament and contained numerous workshops


7 ships were built for the Soviet Navy and one ship was exported to Indonesia

The Soviet ships were mostly named after submarine commanders killed in World War II:

File:Bezzavetnyy&Zhdanov&Magomed Gadzhiev.jpg
Magomed Gadzhiev with frigate Bezzavetny and cruiser Zhdanov

See also