Soviet communications ship SSV-33

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SSV-33 Ural underway
Soviet Union
Name: SSV 33 Ural
Builder: Baltic Yard, Leningrad
Laid down: 1981
Launched: May 1983
Commissioned: 1989
Decommissioned: 2001
Status: Scrapping in process. Salvage contract expires on November 30th, 2017.[1]
General characteristics
Class & type: Project 1941 Titan (NATO "Kapusta")
Displacement: 32,780 tons standard; 36,500 tons full load
Length: 265 m (869 ft)
Beam: 30 m (98 ft)
Draught: 7.5 m (25 ft)
  • 2 shaft combined nuclear and steam (CONAS), 66,500 hp (49,600 kW)
  • KN-3 nuclear propulsion with 2× GT3A-688 steam turbines
  • 140,000 shp (100,000 kW)[2]
Speed: 21.6 knots (40.0 km/h; 24.9 mph)
Range: unlimited
Complement: 950 (233 officers, 690 NCOs and enlisted men)
  • 2× 76 mm guns,
  • 4× 30 mm guns (AK-630),
  • 9K38 Igla SAM missiles,
  • 4× 12.7 mm machine guns
Aircraft carried: Ka-32 Helicopter
Aviation facilities: hangar and helipad

SSV-33 Ural (ССВ-33 Урал) (NATO reporting name: Kapusta (Russian for "cabbage")) was a command and control naval ship operated by the Soviet Navy. SSV-33's hull was derived from that of the nuclear powered Kirov-class battlecruisers with nuclear marine propulsion.[3] SSV-33 served in electronic intelligence, missile tracking, space tracking, and communications relay roles. Due to high operating costs, SSV-33 was laid up.[3]

The onboard radio reconnaissance system was called "Coral"; this involved two computer types: "Elbrus" and several "EC-1046" computers.

SSV-33 carried only light defensive weapons. These were two AK-176 76 mm guns, four AK-630 30 mm guns, four quadruple Igla missile mounts.

SSV-33 was assigned to the Pacific Fleet, but there was no pier large enough for the ship. She was forced to anchor out. Machinery had to remain running while at anchor to support other systems and its crew; the ship became a floating barracks. She never went to sea, while her powerful radioelectronic equipment gradually began to decay.[4]

The initial value of the ship's disposal contract is $310 million and the work must be performed in the Bay of Bolshoy Kamen in Primorsky region by 30 November 2017.[1]

In popular culture

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 Sweeney, Tom. "Getting Rid of a Spy Ship". Island Nation. Retrieved 9 July 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  3. 3.0 3.1 Pike, J. "SSV-33 Project 1941". Retrieved 30 October 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "[1]." Genys, A.[dead link]
  5. Brooks, Max (2010). World War Z (Kindle Edition). Gerald Duckworth. ISBN 0715637037.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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