Metel

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History
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Builder: Zhadanova / Voroshilova
Laid down: 18 December 1931
Launched: 15 June 1934
Commissioned: 18 November 1934
Decommissioned: 1954
Honours and
awards:
Guards
Fate: Scrapped ?
General characteristics
Displacement: 619 tons
Length: 71.5 m
Beam: 7.4 m
Draught: 2.6 m
Propulsion: 2 turbines, 5700 hp
Speed: 23 knots
Range: 930 nm at 14 knots
Complement: 114 men
Armament: two 102 mm guns, three 37 mm guns, three 12,7 machine guns, one torpedo tube, two bomb launchers and 78 mines

"Metel" (from Russian: "Метель" - "Blizzard") was a Guards Torpedo boat, Storm class, of the Soviet Navy. Commissioned in 1934, it was attached to the Pacific Fleet. During World War II the ship fought mainly against the Imperial Japanese Navy in the Far East. On August 26, 1945 it acquired guards status and the ship's commander, Captain-Lieutenant L. N. Balyakin, was awarded the Hero of the Soviet Union on September 14.

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