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Pics of Tashkent. (Image heavy)

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Hi guys! 

 

So, I was thinking this morning, and I realized that there are people even on this forum that don't realize that Tashkent actually existed. So, I figured I would dispel that notion and give a picture post at the same time! :Smile_coin: So without further introduction, the Soviet destroyer leader, Tashkent, the largest destroyer of her time. Pics found through google images.

 

 

 

 

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I start with an image of her under construction...I think. The haze and quality of the picture makes it difficult to tell. I will assume construction. She was a large destroyer, coming to only 2' shorter than the smallest dreadnought battleship (España) at 458' long, a width of 45', and a draft of 12'.

 

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Tashkent completed, and running sea trials sans armament. Her armament consisted of 6 x 5.1 inch B-13 guns in 3 dual B-2LM turrets; 2 x 3 inch M1938 AA guns in 1 dual mount; 6 x 37mm M1939 70K AA guns in 3 dual mounts; 6 x 12.7mm DShK 1938 AA machine guns; and 9 x 21 inch torpedo tubes in 3 triple centerline mounts.

 

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Tashkent at anchor, sans armament. She was delivered without her armament and reached a top speed of 43 knots on trials.

 

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Tashkent at anchor with preliminary armament. She was initially armed with three single 5.1 inch guns until her main guns were delivered in 1941.

 

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A forward view of Tashkent with her single 5.1" guns.

 

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Tashkent fully complete, from the starboard bow. She was painted a cobalt blue color and was nicknamed the "blue cruiser" by Russian sailors.

 

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A starboard beam view of completed Tashkent.

 

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Tashkent at port, with a submarine alongside. She served with the Black Sea Fleet and fought during the Siege of Sevastopol making 40 supply trips through the German Blockade.

 

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Tashkent underway, with guns A and B trained starboard and port respectively; the second pic features a wave crashing over her bow.

 

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A view from on top of the bridge tower, looking over the main fire control director, and the A and B turrets; a wave has just crashed over her bow.

 

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A view from above the bridge, in front of the fire control director, looking over the forward guns at a Gnevny-class destroyer.

 

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Tashkent offloading wounded soldiers at Novorossiysk. 

 

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Tashkent sunk at port, following dive bomber attack. On June 28, 1942, she was bombed by Junkers Ju 87 Stukas and managed to reach Novorossiysk but foundered in the port on 2 July 1942. 

 

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Tashkent sunk in Novorossiysk, her turrets have been salvaged for use on the destroyer, Ognevoi. 

 

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Tashkent raised and undergoing scrapping. In his memoirs VN Eroshenko stated that: "The leader (Tashkent) steamed 27,000 miles, escorted without loss of 17 transports, carried 19,300 people, 2,538 tons of ammunition, food and other goods into Sevastopol. Held 100 live main caliber bombardments silenced 6 batteries and damaged one airfield. Shot down and damaged 13 enemy aircraft. Sank a torpedo boat."

 

 

 

 

 

That is all folks I hope you enjoyed! Any suggestions of the next picture series are gladly appreciated.

But, until then, as always: Fair winds and following seas captains! :Smile_honoring:

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55 minutes ago, Doomlock said:

She was delivered without her armament and reached a top speed of 43 knots on trials.

any idea what all of her armaments weighed?

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8 minutes ago, Umikami said:

any idea what all of her armaments weighed?

The B-2LM turrets weighed 48.23 tons (49 Metric tons).

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+1 Doom - very interesting and great photos - to your thought, I had not known she existed much less had that battle history.

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1 hour ago, Doomlock said:

The B-2LM turrets weighed 48.23 tons (49 Metric tons).

yeah, but were those the only armaments? torpedus tubes; AA mounts; directional and distancing hardware; we're talking a lot more than three gun turrets, which by themselves are 146/147 metric tons. I am wondering what effect this would have on her top end speed.

 

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24 minutes ago, Umikami said:

yeah, but were those the only armaments? torpedus tubes; AA mounts; directional and distancing hardware; we're talking a lot more than three gun turrets, which by themselves are 146/147 metric tons. I am wondering what effect this would have on her top end speed.

 

I looked for the torpedo mounts and couldn't find them. 

 

The 37mm gun mounts weighed 2,976 lbs each, 6 single mounts.

 

The 12.7mm machine guns weighed well, bout as much as a Browning M2.

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Jealous. As a Tashkent main, and someone who has one of the top 5 most played Tashkents (when he was still a T8), this is a thread that I should have made.

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For comparison; this ship is roughly the same physical size, apart from draught & air-draft, and nearly the same displacement as a ''modern'' (late-'70s design now retired in the USN) OH Perry-class frigate.

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