Initially designated Black Com1 by Western intelligence and subsequently the Krasina class , the first Slava class cruiser became operational in 1983, and by 1990 three were in the fleet, with the third beginning sea trials in August 1989. Some sources suggest that the Soviet Navy intended to build as many as 21 units of this class, which would have enabled the Soviets to replace the Kynda and Kresta classes as they retired in the 1990s. But such plans were not evident in actual Cold War era building activity. The low priority attached to this class was evident from the unusually long construction period of the units completed by the end of the Cold War, and the fact that only four units were laid down. The design is said to be marred by large quantities of flammable material and poor damage-control capabilities. Some sources suggest that as many as two additional units began construction before the end of the Cold War, but the status of these hulls is unclear, and there is no indication of plans to complete them [should they in fact remain in existence].
The Moskva (ex-Slava), which had been in refit at the Nikolayev yard since 1990-91, remained undelivered to the Russian Black Sea Fleet through the end of 1998. The Moskva was expected to return to service to replace the Admiral Golokov as the flagship of the Black Sea fleet. The Marshal Ustinov may also be laid up in refit, though sources are in disagreement on this point.
The fourth unit was initially expected to be launched in 1990, though in practice this vessel remained incomplete as of late 1999, having transferred to the Ukrainian Navy. On 21 February 1998 the government of Ukraine announced plans to complete the fourth Slava-class cruiser [ordered for Russia as the Admiral Flota Lobov] as its new fleet flagship, the Ukrayina.
|Builder:||61 Kommuna #445 Yard, Nikolayev|
9,800-10,000 tons standard
11,200-12,500 tons full load
|Speed (kts):||30-32 knots|
185.9-186.0 meters long
20.8 meters beam
7.6-9.3 meters draft
|Propulsion:||4 gas. turbines
|Crew:||476-529 (84 Off, 75 WO, 370 Enl)|
|Torpedoes:||2 x 5/533 mm|
|Other:||2 x 12 RBU-6000 ASW RL (R: 3'000 m) Helicopter KA-25|
|1||126||Moskva||SY 445||BLACK||**/**/1976||07/**/1979||01/30/1983||(ex-Slava) in overhaul since 1990-91|
|2||088||Marshal Ustinov||SY 445||NOR||**/**/1978||04/**/1982||09/21/1986||? in overhaul since 1994 ?|
|3||108||Varyag||SY 445||PAC||**/**/1979||07/**/1983||10/16/1989||(ex-Chervona Ukraina)|
|4||Vilna Ukraina||SY 445||1985||1990||1999||(ex-Lobov) flagship of Ukraine Navy|
|5||SY 445||----------||----------||----------||construction cancelled?|
|6||SY 445||----------||----------||----------||construction cancelled?|