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The Varyag class is intended to lead the escort of a large merchant ship convoy. She has a scout aircraft and a small command bridge for the Commodore. Her mission is to engage enemy surface raiders to allow her convoy to disperse and escape.

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Varyag class, Russian Escort Cruiser laid down 1931

Displacement:
 5,466 t light; 5,799 t standard; 6,502 t normal; 7,064 t full load

Dimensions: Length overall / water x beam x draught
 436.12 ft / 426.51 ft x 45.93 ft (Bulges 54.13 ft) x 18.42 ft (normal load)
 132.93 m / 130.00 m x 14.00 m (Bulges 16.50 m)  x 5.62 m

Armament:
      6 - 9.21" / 234 mm guns (3x2 guns), 440.92lbs / 200.00kg shells, 1931 Model
   Breech loading guns in turrets (on barbettes)
   on centreline, evenly spread
   Aft Main mounts separated by engine room
      8 - 5.12" / 130 mm guns in single mounts, 79.37lbs / 36.00kg shells, 1931 Model
   Breech loading guns in casemate mounts
   on side, evenly spread
      4 - 3.94" / 100 mm guns in single mounts, 37.48lbs / 17.00kg shells, 1931 Model
   Anti-aircraft guns in deck mounts with hoists
   on side, evenly spread, all raised mounts
      4 - 1.46" / 37.0 mm guns (2x2 guns), 1.55lbs / 0.70kg shells, 1931 Model
   Anti-aircraft guns in deck mounts with hoists
   on centreline, evenly spread, all raised mounts
      16 - 1.46" / 37.0 mm guns (4x4 guns), 1.55lbs / 0.70kg shells, 1931 Model
   Anti-aircraft guns in deck mounts with hoists
   on side, evenly spread, all raised mounts
 Weight of broadside 3,461 lbs / 1,570 kg
 Shells per gun, main battery: 100

Armour:
   - Belts:  Width (max) Length (avg)  Height (avg)
 Main: 6.69" / 170 mm 196.85 ft / 60.00 m 9.84 ft / 3.00 m
 Ends: 1.18" / 30 mm 196.85 ft / 60.00 m 6.56 ft / 2.00 m
   32.81 ft / 10.00 m Unarmoured ends
   Main Belt covers 71 % of normal length

   - Gun armour: Face (max) Other gunhouse (avg) Barbette/hoist (max)
 Main: 6.69" / 170 mm 2.76" / 70 mm  4.72" / 120 mm
 2nd: 2.76" / 70 mm       -         -
 3rd: 0.98" / 25 mm 0.20" / 5 mm        -
 4th: 0.98" / 25 mm 0.20" / 5 mm        -
 5th: 0.98" / 25 mm 0.20" / 5 mm        -

   - Armour deck: 3.94" / 100 mm, Conning tower: 6.69" / 170 mm

Machinery:
 Oil fired boilers, steam turbines,
 Geared drive, 2 shafts, 11,969 shp / 8,929 Kw = 20.00 kts
 Range 12,000nm at 12.00 kts
 Bunker at max displacement = 1,265 tons

Complement:
 361 - 470

Cost:
 2.444 million / $9.776 million

Distribution of weights at normal displacement:
 Armament: 379 tons, 5.8 %
 Armour: 2,095 tons, 32.2 %
    - Belts: 635 tons, 9.8 %
    - Torpedo bulkhead: 0 tons, 0.0 %
    - Armament: 428 tons, 6.6 %
    - Armour Deck: 982 tons, 15.1 %
    - Conning Tower: 50 tons, 0.8 %
 Machinery: 358 tons, 5.5 %
 Hull, fittings & equipment: 2,574 tons, 39.6 %
 Fuel, ammunition & stores: 1,035 tons, 15.9 %
 Miscellaneous weights: 60 tons, 0.9 %

Overall survivability and seakeeping ability:
 Survivability (Non-critical penetrating hits needed to sink ship):
   10,123 lbs / 4,592 Kg = 25.9 x 9.2 " / 234 mm shells or 2.1 torpedoes
 Stability (Unstable if below 1.00): 1.15
 Metacentric height 2.0 ft / 0.6 m
 Roll period: 16.0 seconds
 Steadiness - As gun platform (Average = 50 %): 71 %
   - Recoil effect (Restricted arc if above 1.00): 1.00
 Seaboat quality  (Average = 1.00): 1.77

Hull form characteristics:
 Hull has a flush deck
 Block coefficient: 0.535
 Length to Beam Ratio: 7.88 : 1
 'Natural speed' for length: 20.65 kts
 Power going to wave formation at top speed: 44 %
 Trim (Max stability = 0, Max steadiness = 100): 40
 Bow angle (Positive = bow angles forward): 20.00 degrees
 Stern overhang: 0.00 ft / 0.00 m
 Freeboard (% = measuring location as a percentage of overall length):
    - Stem:  26.41 ft / 8.05 m
    - Forecastle (25 %): 17.39 ft / 5.30 m
    - Mid (50 %):  13.62 ft / 4.15 m
    - Quarterdeck (20 %): 13.62 ft / 4.15 m
    - Stern:  14.44 ft / 4.40 m
    - Average freeboard: 16.01 ft / 4.88 m

Ship space, strength and comments:
 Space - Hull below water (magazines/engines, low = better): 63.7 %
  - Above water (accommodation/working, high = better): 102.9 %
 Waterplane Area: 13,481 Square feet or 1,252 Square metres
 Displacement factor (Displacement / loading): 110 %
 Structure weight / hull surface area: 108 lbs/sq ft or 526 Kg/sq metre
 Hull strength (Relative):
  - Cross-sectional: 0.92
  - Longitudinal: 1.95
  - Overall: 1.00
 Hull space for machinery, storage, compartmentation is excellent
 Room for accommodation and workspaces is adequate
 Ship has slow, easy roll, a good, steady gun platform
 Excellent seaboat, comfortable, can fire her guns in the heaviest weather

Aviation:
1 Seaplane, 1 Catapult on Q turret


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