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The Soobrazitelnyi-class were destroyers built for the Soviet Navy in the early 1940s. The Soviet designation was Type 7U or Uluchshennyi (improved). The ships fought in World War II. They were modified versions of the Gnevny-class destroyers. The design was finalised in 1936 after initial disappointments with the Type 7 ships. The main changes were unit machinery (four boilers instead of three), a strengthened hull and reduced fuel capacity. The anti-aircraft guns were resited to improve firing arcs.

Yakubov and Worth state that the change to unit machinery was due to an incident when HMS Hunter was stopped due to machinery damage by a mine during neutrality patrols in the Spanish Civil War. The incident reported at a meeting where Stalin was present and he ordered that the ships be redesigned with unit machinery in order to enable a ship to move in case one of the two boiler or engine rooms were incapacitated. This change in design saved the Slavniy following mine damage in 1941 but led to a considerable delay in the Soviet destroyer programme and the cancellation of 6 type 7 ships.

Fitting the extra machinery in the same hull presented significant challenges, leading to an increase in weight, cramped accommodation and reduction in fuel capacity. These changes led Soviet sailors to call the Type 7U, 7 Ukhudshennyi (ухудшенный, made worse).


  • Type: Destroyer
  • Service Period: 1940-1963
  • Characteristics:
    • Length: 369 feet 1 inch (112.5 meters)
    • Beam: 33 feet 6 inches (10.21 meters)
    • Draught: 13 feet 1 inch (3.99 meters)
    • Displacement: 1,700 tons (Standard); 2,243 tons (Full Load)
  • Crew: 271
  • Propulsion: 4 watertube boilers, 2-shaft GTZA-24 geared steam turbines, 60,000 shp
  • Range: 1,490 nautical miles (2,760 kilometers) at 19 knots (35.19 km/h)
  • Speed: 40.28 knots (74.6 km/h)
  • Sensor Suite:
    • Arktur hydrophone
  • Armament:
    • 4 x 13cm/50-caliber B-13 Pattern 1936 dual purpose naval guns (4x1)
    • 2 x 7.62cm/55-caliber 34-K Pattern 1935 anti-aircraft guns (2x1)
    • 3 x 4.5cm/46-caliber 21-K anti-aircraft guns (3x1)
    • 4 x 12.7mm/79-caliber Degtjarev DShK M38 heavy machine guns (4x1)
    • 6 x 21" torpedo tubes (3x2)
    • 58-96 x naval mines
    • 30 x depth charges

Unit Run[]

  • SVK Smyshlyonyi
  • SVK Sil'nyi
  • SVK Storozhevoi
  • SVK Serdityi
  • SVK Stoikiy
  • SVK Slavnyi
  • SVK Smelyi
  • SVK Surovyi
  • SVK Soobrazitelny
  • SVK Strashnyi
  • SVK Svirepiy
  • SVK Statniy
  • SVK Skoryi
  • SVK Strogiy
  • SVK Stroynyi
  • SVK Sovershennyi
  • SVK Svobodnyi
  • SVK Spokoinoi