Admiral Tributs (BKP-552) Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Destroyer Warship
Admiral Tributs continues to serve the modern Russian Navy despite its origins in the latter Cold War years.
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Admiral Tributs forms up part of the nine-strong Udaloy I-class of destroyers formerly serving the Soviet Navy during the Cold War (1947-1991) and now arranged as part of the modern Russian Navy. She was laid down on April 19th, 1980 and launched on March 26, 1983. Formally commissioned on December 30th, 1985, Admiral Tributs currently serves with the Russian Pacific Fleet. She is named after Vladimir Filippovich Tributs (1900-1977), a former admiral in the Soviet Navy.
The Udaloy I-class was constructed as anti-submarine destroyers with fifteen ships originally planned for the group. Thirteen were ultimately completed while nine remain in active service as of January 2017. Admiral Tributs showcases a standard displacement of 6,200 tons with a full load displacement of 7,900 tons and her dimensions include a length of 535 feet, a beam of 63 feet and a draught of 20 feet. The crew complement numbers 300 men. Over stern is a helipad supporting up to 2 x Kamov Ka-27 "Helix" navy helicopters offering Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) and Anti-Ship (AS) services as well as over-the-horizon reconnaissance capabilities. A full-service hangar is also built into the Tribut's design.
The profile of the Admiral Tributs is largely conventional as 1980s warship design goes. The forecastle is dominated by a pair of turreted deck guns. The bridge superstructure is aft of these units and a double-mast arrangement is featured near midships. The smoke funnels are paired (side-by-side arrangement) but the sets are spaced over midships with the aft mast in between. Over the stern is the aforementioned helicopter hangar and flight deck.