Russian destroyer Marshal Shaposhnikov

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Marshal Shaposhnikov (BPK 543) at sea
Marshal Shaposhnikov (BPK 543) at sea
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Name: Marshal Shaposhnikov
Namesake: Boris Shaposhnikov
Launched: 1985
Identification: BPK 543
Status: in active service
General characteristics
Class and type: Udaloy-class destroyer
  • 6,200 t (6,102 long tons) standard
  • 7,900 t (7,775 long tons) full load
Length: 163 m (535 ft)
Beam: 19.3 m (63 ft)
Draught: 7.8 m (26 ft)
Propulsion: 2 shaft COGAG, 4 gas turbines, 89,000 kW (120,000 hp)
Speed: 35 knots (65 km/h; 40 mph)
Range: 10,500 nautical miles (19,400 km) at 14 knots (26 km/h; 16 mph)
Complement: 300
  • 2 × 4 SS-N-14 anti submarine missiles
  • 8 × vertical launchers for SA-N-9 surface to air missiles
  • 2 × 1 100 mm (3.9 in) guns
  • 4 × 30 mm Gatling guns
  • 2 × 4 553 mm (21.8 in) torpedo tubes, Type 53 ASW/ASuW torpedo
  • 2 × RBU-6000 anti submarine rocket launchers
Aircraft carried: 2 x Ka-27 'Helix' series helicopters
Aviation facilities: Helicopter deck and hangar

Marshal Shaposhnikov (Russian: Маршал Ша́пошников) is a Udaloy-class destroyer of the Russian Navy laid down in 1985. The vessel serves in the Russian Pacific Fleet, her namesake is marshal Boris Shaposhnikov.

Operational history[edit]

On 6 April 2003, Marshal Shaposhnikov left port, along with Admiral Panteleyev and the tanker Vladir Koechitsky, to start a deployment to the Indian Ocean, where exercises with the Indian Navy were planned for May 2003.[1] A number of Black Sea Fleet ships, plus, possibly, cruise missile submarines, joined the deployment.

Close-up of the "submarine chaser" Marshal Shaposhnikov in 2008

On 6 May 2010, Russian Naval Infantry deployed from Marshal Shaposhnikov rescued the hijacked tanker MV Moscow University. The entire crew escaped unharmed.[2] Moscow University had been hijacked by Somali pirates on 5 May 2010 off Socotra Island;[3] the commandos from Marshal Shaposhnikov detained 10 pirates and killed one during the release of the tanker.[4]

In November 2014, Marshal Shaposhnikov was part of a four-ship deployment to international waters off Australia;[5] the deployment was believed to be linked to the 2014 G-20 Brisbane summit and growing tensions between the two nations.[5]

In 2017 the ship received upgrades to its weapon systems and sensors; the upgrade will include vertical launch systems for the Kalibr cruise missile, 3S-24 launchers of the Uran missile complex.[6][7]

On 16 February 2018, the ship caught fire at Vladivostok. All 106 crew were evacuated.[8]


  1. ^ Scott, Richard (16 April 2003). "Russia deploys naval squadron to Indian Ocean". Jane's Defence Weekly. p. 6.
  2. ^ Ferris-Rotman, Amie (6 May 2010). "Russian warship frees hijacked tanker, no one hurt". Reuters. Retrieved 6 May 2010.
  3. ^ "Pirates attack Russian oil tanker off Somalia coast". BBC News Online. 5 May 2010. Retrieved 5 May 2010.
  4. ^ "Russian destroyer frees tanker, captures pirates". The Raw Story. Retrieved 6 May 2010.[dead link]
  5. ^ a b Nicholson, Brendan; Martin, Sarah; Markson, Sharri (13 November 2014). "Troubled waters as Russians send warships". The Australian Business Review. Retrieved 13 November 2014.
  6. ^ "Russian Navy Udaloy I-class ASW Destroyer Marshal Shaposhnikov to Receive Kalibr Missiles".
  7. ^ "Russia to modernize Udaloy-class ASW destroyers".
  8. ^ "Russian Navy destroyer fire, Vladivostok, VIDEO". Fleetmoon. Retrieved 16 February 2018.

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