Ship of military glory Cruiser Mikhail Kutuzov

Крейсер «Михаил Кутузов»
The Cruiser Mikhail Kutuzov was the twelfth ship of the Project 68-bis. It was laid down in February 1951 at the Nikolayev Shipyard and floated out on August 9…

The cruiser "Mikhail Kutuzov" became the twelfth ship of Project 68 bis. It was laid down in February 1951 at the Nikolaev shipyard and launched on August 9, 1954. After passing a series of tests, the ship was entered into the Black Sea Fleet. The area of ​​his responsibility was the Mediterranean and Black Seas, as well as the Central Atlantic, where "Mikhail Kutuzov" served until the withdrawal from combat service in 1998. By this time, the ship has covered 211,900 miles.

Many post-war ships of the 68-bis project got the opportunity to prove themselves in a peaceful field. Thus, the cruiser "Mikhail Kutuzov" made a "political career" for himself and became a meeting place at the highest level. His guests in different years were the President of Indonesia Sukarno, the head of Egypt Abdel Nasser, the King of Ethiopia Haile Selassie I, the Shah of Iran with his wife and other powerful of this world.

Officially, "Mikhail Kutuzov" took part in two armed conflicts during the Arab-Israel war, in 1967 and 1973. Both times he was in the port of Alexandria as the command post of the USSR's chief military adviser in Egypt. The cruiser did not take direct part in the hostilities, but the very fact of its presence in Alexandria was the guarantor of peace. An attack on "Mikhail Kutuzov" would be tantamount to an attack directly on the USSR. This is partly why the raid on the port of Alexandria was avoided.

During his career, the "ship-politician" made 15 long voyages, but the most memorable of them took place in June 1957, when the cruiser was sent to the city of Leningrad to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the October Revolution. The journey would have turned out to be quite trivial if the crew had not been assigned a combat mission: to find a strong storm on the way across the North-West Atlantic and go through it in order to test the ship's strength.

The fishermen helped to find the "big wave", who informed the cruiser's crew about storms in the area. In September, "Mikhail Kutuzov" found suitable weather in the Shetland Islands, where a 9-point storm practically put him on board. The roll angle reached 67 degrees - the maximum in the entire history of service, after which the ship returned to an even keel. The right cheekbone - a cast section weighing 20 tons - was simply turned out along with the anchor and put on the deck. In this state, the cruiser reached its destination, the city of Leningrad, but on November 7, after repairs, it was at the parade on the Neva River.

Currently, the cruiser is moored to the shores of Novorossiysk and is one of the most popular tourist attractions.

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