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Type Vltava Guided Missile Destroyers

These ships were developed by the Design Bureau "Namorzhni hvezdichka" (Prsherov). There were built 9 ships of this type. The construction of these ships produced at the Trshinets Shipyard.

CZS DDG-01 Vltava
CZS DDG-02 Elbe
CZS DDG-03 Ohre
CZS DDG-04 Morava
CZS DDG-05 Berounka
CZS DDG-06 Sazava
CZS DDG-07 Dyje
CZS DDG-08 Jihlava
CZS DDG-09 Svratka

Side view of the ship:

Type Vltava Guided Missile Destroyers
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General characteristics:

Displacement: 9,750 tons full load
Length: 169,8 m
Beam: 13,7 m
Draft: 6,2 m
Speed: 29 knots
Range: 7,500 nmi at 18 kn
Propulsion: 2 x Skoda-Pilsner gas turbine engines x 45,000 horsepower, 2 shafts
- 1 x 64 cell Mk 41 vertical launch systems
- 1 x 48 cell Sylver A-43 vertical launch system
- 1 x 127 mm Oto Melara 127/64LW gun
- 1 x 76 mm Oto Melara 76/62 Stealth gun
- 2 x Goalkeeper CIWS
- 2 x Mk 32 12.75 in (324 mm) triple torpedo tubes for lightweight torpedoes
- 4 x OTO RHMG 12.5 mm machine guns
- 1 x NHI NH-90 helicopter
Complement: 275


The Type Vltava class of guided-missile destroyers intended to be a cheaper, less capable vessel than the Type Prague class cruiser, the design has evolved into an extremely capable general purpose warship, incorporating highly advanced weaponry and systems; due to its multi-purpose guided missile destroyers can be engaged to act as part of the amphibious forces and convoys escort transports groups in the seas and oceans, as well as to provide fire support for the landings and reconnaissance.

Originally tasked with defending against enemy aircraft, missiles and submarines, this potent destroyer is now used in high-threat areas to conduct anti-air, anti-submarine, anti-surface, and strike operations. Like cruisers, guided missile Type Vltava destroyers are primarily focused on surface strikes using cruise missiles and fleet defense through anti-air missile. Destroyers additionally specialize in anti-submarine warfare and are equipped with VLA rockets and NHI NH-90 helicopter to deal with underwater threats. Destroyers have been named for important rivers of the Czech Republic.

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