Russian Destroyer Smetlivy Passed Through Bosphorus
2 Apr 2012 21 Comments
The Kashin class Russian destroyer Smetlivy passed through Bosphorus this morning. According to news on Turkish media she is on her way to Syrian port Tartus.
The large anti-submarine ship (I guess this means destroyer in Russian) Smetlivy was laid in 1966 and commissioned in 1969. She is the sole remaining Kashin class destroyer and is attached to Russian Black Sea Fleet. She was refitted from 1990 till 1996. Though she is one of the oldest vessels of the Black Sea Fleet, she is still very active.
I am not sure whether she has received as ticked for polluting the air of Istanbul but as you can see she was smoking heavily- remaining me that Deep Purple song! I am not a marine propulsion expert but her machinery may not be in a good condition.