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'Pula'

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Photo of the Soviet sailor from the missile cruiser 'Grozny', project 58...
1965-69 ...
On the pier are not Soviet cars, so this is somewhere...

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The ship appears to be a WW-II era British destroyer, or a formerly-British destroyer that has been sold to another country.
 

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I believe that this is the Yugoslav destroyer SPLIT. - Pennant No 11.
It was laid down at the Chantieres de Loire yard in Split in 1939 but it was 20 years before it was completed.
It went on the serve as the Yugoslav Navy flagship.
The background looks like Dalmatian coast and would tend to fit with this.
 
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I believe that this is the Yugoslav destroyer SPLIT. - Pennant No 11.
It was laid down at the Yarrow yard in Split in 1939 but it was 20 years before it was completed.
It went on the serve as the Yugoslav Navy flagship.
The background looks like Dalmatian coast and would tend to fit with this.
Thank you Mad, looks like this really 'Split'...
I looked at the directory of visits of Soviet ships... Yes, 'Grozny' was in Yugoslavia on 29.01968 - 04.02.69 in the port of Kotor and Zelenika. With the cruiser were the submarine tender 'Dmitry Galkin', project 310, the large anti-submarine ship 'Soobrazitelniy' project 61 and 3 submarines project 613...
 

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Thank you Mad, looks like this really 'Split'...
I looked at the directory of visits of Soviet ships... Yes, 'Grozny' was in Yugoslavia on 29.01968 - 04.02.69 in the port of Kotor and Zelenika. With the cruiser were the submarine tender 'Dmitry Galkin', project 310, the large anti-submarine ship 'Soobrazitelniy' project 61 and 3 submarines project 613...
I can't tell you which ship this is but I know it is not Split. I always wanted to built a model of Split so I got a lot of pictures and plans of her. She was finished after the war with American help and she ended up having American deckhouses and armament on a French hull, looking quite good.
Also the cars on the pier are West European, the one on the left I believe to be a Fiat 850 and the third one looks like Mercedes.
This ship is ex British or at least British designed.

greetings Ton
 

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Back to the books!

I will stick with Yugoslav Navy but accept that not SPLIT.
Based on the Architecture and layout I think that it is Zelenika before the new port was developed, not Kotor because the mountains would be visible.
There are two options for the ship; Yes, Ex British 'W' class destroyers.
KOTOR pennant 21, ex Kempenfelt ex Valentine
PULA pennant 22, ex Wager,
Both ships sold in 1956, towed to Yugoslavia and commissioned late 1959.
Looking at the director arrangement I would tend towards it being PULA.
 

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Malcolm,

I think you're absolutely right.
It's definitively Yugoslavia. As far as I know they were the only ones carrying those large white numbers on the hull. Besides, there weren't that many countries welcoming a Russian warship in their naval base.
I couldn't find much in my books on Yugoslavian destroyers and to my surprise not even on British W class destroyers, so I really couldn't say which one of the two it is.

Ton
 

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I'm working it out with a mid 60s copy of Jane's - it helpfully tells me that there are other pictures in previous copies, which I don't have.....

Apologies DDR for mistake. I was thrown by the single gun mounts, many of similar ships had twin gun turrets. Well that's my excuse anyway:rolleyes:
 
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Thank you gentlemen, I think you figured out which ship it is and where...
 

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