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Ivan Rogov class

Amphibious transport dock

Ivan Rogov class ship

Only one Ivan Rogov class ship currently remains in service with Russian Navy

Country of origin Soviet Union
Entered service 1978
Crew 239 men
Sea endurance ?
Dimensions and displacement
Length 157.5 m
Beam 24.5 m
Draught 6.5 m
Displacement, standard 8 260 tons
Displacement, full load 14 060 tons
Propulsion and speed
Speed 19 knots
Range ?
Gas turbines 2 x 18 000 shp
Troops 520 men
Vehicles 25 main battle tanks or up to 80 armored vehicles
Cargo 2 500 tons
Landing craft
Landing craft 8 x pre-loaded Lebed class ACVs, 1 x loaded Ondatra class LCM; alternatively 3 x Gus class ACVs
Helicopters 4 x Ka-27 or Ka-29
Artillery 1 x twin 76.2-mm DP gun, 4 x 30-mm ADG-630 CIWS mountings
Missiles 1 x twin launcher for 20 SA-N-4 Gecko SAMs, 2 x SA-N-5 quadruple launchers
Other 2 x 122 mm ASW rocket launchers


   Given the deignation bolshoy desantnyy korabl (BDK, or large landing craft by the Soviets, the Ivan Rogov was launched in 1976 at the Kaliningrad shipyard. The vessel entered service in 1978 as the largest amphibious warfare ship built by the Soviets. A second unit, the Aleksandr Nikolayev, was laid down in 1976 and completed in 1982, and the third unit, laid down in 1984 and completed in 1990, is the Mitrofan Moskalenko. Construction of the fourth unit began, but was not completed.

   The first two ships, the Ivan Rogov and Aleksandr Nikolayev operated with the Pacific Fleet. These ships were decommissioned in 1996 and 1997 respectively. The third ship of the class, Mitrofan Moskalenko was in service with the Northern Fleet. Since 2002 this ship is inactive. Since 2014 it is being proposed for possible export customers. So currently none of these transport ships are in service.

   The ship can carry a reinforced naval infantry battalion landing team with all its armored personnel carriers and other vehicles plus 10 PT-76 amphibious light tanks. An alternative load was a naval infantry tank battalion.

   The vessels were unique in Soviet amphibious ship design as they had both a well dock and a helicopter flight deck and hangar. This allowed the ship to perform not only the traditional role of over-the-beach assault by use of bow doors and ramp, but also the stand-off assault role using a mixture of helicopters, landing craft, air-cushion vehicles and amphibious vehicles.

   The bow doors and internal ramp position provide access to a vehicle parking deck located in the lower forward part of the ship. Further vehicles can be accommodated in the midships area of the upper deck, access to this being by hydraulically operated ramps that lead from the bow doors and the docking well. The vehicle deck itself leads directly into the floodable well which is some 79 m long with a stern door some 13 m across. The well can accommodate either two pre-loaded Lebed class air cussion vehicles and a 145-ton full load Ondatra-class landing craft, or three Gus class troop-carrying air cushion vehicles.

   Two helicopter landing spots are provided, one forward and one aft above the well dock, each with its own flight control station. Both spots have access to the massive block superstructure, in which a hangar could originally accommodate five Kamov Ka-25 Hormone-C utility helicopters. These were later replaced by four newer and more capable Ka-29 assault transport helicopters, or other Ka-27 series helicopters.

   Accommodation for the embarked naval infantry is located within the superstructure block, which also includes vehicle and helicopter workshops. To starboard immediately in front of the block, is a tall deck house on top of which is mounted a 122 mm rocket-launcher system with two 20-round packs of launcher tubes, one to each side of a pedestal mounting that trains them in azimuth and elevation. The rockets are used to provice a saturation shore bombardment capability for the assault units. A twin 76 mm dual-purpose gun turret is located on the forecastle, and a pop-up two-rail launcher bin units for Osa-M (Western reporting name SA-N-4 Gecko) short-range Surface-to-Air Missiles (SAMs) and four 30 mm Close-In Weapon System (CIWS) mountings are mounted on top of the main superstructrue block to provide an air-defence capability. Also there are 2 quadrupple launchers with Strela-2M (Western reporting name SS-N-5 Grail) missiles. Extensive command, control and surveillance equipment is fitted for amphibious force flagship duties.


Name Laid down Launched Commissioned Status
Ivan Rogov 1973 1977 1978

decommissioned in 1996, scrapped

Aleksandr Nikolayev 1976 1982 1982

inactive, in reserve since 1997

Mitrofan Moskalenko 1984 1988 1990

inactive, in reserve since 2002

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never completed, scrapped


Ivan Rogov class ship

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