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Soviet & Russian Navy
Amphibious Warfare Ships
Ivan Rogov, lead ship of the Project 1174 "Yedinorog"
Bolshoi Desantny Korabl' (BDK; large landing ships).
The Rogovs are the first Soviet amphibious ships meant for overseas
engagements. Each of the three ships (of which only one is
believed to be operable) can carry a full
10 tanks, 30 APCs, two large hovercraft, four helicopters and all
neccessary supplies. The vessels have built-in rockets for shore
bombardment, and can beach to dischage heavy vehicles.
A closeup the midships section and aft superstructure of Ivan
This ship had been laid up by 1994 and was stricken in 1996.
Ivan Rogov bow closeup.
The gun is a dual 76.2 mm (3 inch) weapon.
A Project 775-II 'ROPUCHA II' class Bolshoi Desantny Korabl' (BDK;
large landing ship) at Vladivostock on 16 August 1996 during a joint
The 'ROPUCHAs' (also spelled 'ROPUCHHKA') are midsize, multirole landing
ships. They are suitable for overseas deployment.
A Project 1171 "Nosorog" 'ALLIGATOR' class BDK.
The 'ALLIGATOR' is an older midsize landing ship.
A Project 1232.1 'AIST' ("Dzheryan") class Mal'yy Desantnyy
Korabl' (MDK; Small Landing Ship) discharging cargo on the beach.
These were very large air cushion (hovercraft) landing ships; they could
carry 74 tons of vehicles and 220 troops. Top speed was 70 knots;
sustained speed was 50 knots. The majority of these craft have been
A Project 1232.2 'POMORNIK' ("Zubr") class Mal'yy Desantnyy
Korabl' (MDK; Small Landing Ship) at sea.
These are even larger air cushion craft, with a cargo capacity of 130
tons and 140 troops. Although a relatively new design, presumably
intended to replace the "AIST" class, they are also being retired.
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