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Photographer:Vitaliy Kostrichenko [View profile]Title:RFS KERCH 713Added:May 07, 2008
Photo Category: Cruisers
Returning from doctrines
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Pennant no.:713
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Vitaliy Kostrichenko on May 14, 2008 14:39 (12 years ago)
The Soviet ships usually changed onboard numbers of 1 times in five years, Last change of numbers was on May, 1st, 1990. After disintegration of the USSR numbers began to change seldom. In years of "cold war» at each exit on fighting service the Soviet ships changed onboard numbers on purpose to confuse the opponent.
For example: pass of passage Bosporus by the ships with numbers 801, 802 and 803 is ordered.
These numbers draw on boards of three ships, but one days prior to an exit on one of the ships – failure. Urgently it is put its number to the first ship and it direct on fighting service for 6 months …
Holger Jaschob on May 14, 2008 08:49 (12 years ago)
Hello Vitaliy,

I saw that KERCH has different tactical numbers on your photos. Do they often change these numbers? And why do they do it?

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