Russian destroyer Marshal Shaposhnikov

Russian destroyer Marshal Shaposhnikov
Marshal Shaposhnikov (BPK 543) at sea.
Marshal Shaposhnikov (BPK 543) at sea.
Career (Russia) Russian Navy Ensign
Class and type: Udaloy-class destroyer
Name: Marshal Shaposhnikov
Launched: 1985
Status: Active
General characteristics
Displacement: 6,200 t (6,102 long tons) standard
7,900 t (7,775 long tons) full load
Length: 534 ft 9 in (162.99 m)
Beam: 63 ft 4 in (19.30 m)
Draught: 20 ft 4 in (6.20 m)
Propulsion: 2 shaft COGAG, 4 gas turbines, 120,000 hp
Speed: 35 knots (40 mph; 65 km/h)
Range: 10,500 nautical miles (19,400 km) at 14 knots (16 mph; 26 km/h)
Complement: 300
  • 2 x 4 SS-N-14 anti submarine missiles
  • 8 x vertical launchers for SA-N-9 surface to air missiles
  • 2 x 1 100 mm guns
  • 4 x 30 mm Gatling guns
  • 2 x Altair CADS-N-1 Kashtan CIWS
  • 2 x 4 553 mm Torpedo tube, Type 53 ASW/ASuW torpedo
  • 2 x RBU-6000 anti submarine rocket launchers
Aircraft carried: 2 x Ka-27 'Helix'series helicopters
Aviation facilities: Helicopter deck and hangar

The Marshal Shaposhnikov (BPK 543) is an Udaloy-class destroyer of the Russian Navy laid down in 1985. The vessel serves in the Russian Pacific Fleet, and is currently undertaking operations to combat piracy off the Somalian coast.[1] Her namesake is Boris Shaposhnikov. In early May 2010, the Marshal Shaposhnikov recaptured the motor tanker MV Moscow University, which had been attacked and seized by pirates east of Socotra Island.[2]

Pirate incident

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


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