Bulgarian Navy – Corvettes and Patrol Ships

Corvettes and Patrol Ships

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Pauk I Class LOA 187′ / 57 m TDISP 590 tons (2 active) both transferred from Soviet Union 1989-1990, named Bodri 14 “Brisk” and Reshitelni 13 “Decisive.”

Bodri, at Burgas, July, 2005 Credit: Luis Díaz-Bedia Astor,from Los Barcos de Eugenio – Eugenio´s Warships / CC BY-SA 

Pauk class corvettes Varna 2013Reshitelni 13 (1989)Reshitelni 13 Pauk Atia 2019

Poti Class LOA 195′ / 59.4 m TDISP 580 tons. 66 were built for the Soviet Union in the 1960s, all decommissioned by the late 1980s. 6 exported to Bulgaria starting in 1968. These were operated longer than other navies that received exports, all out of service and scrapped by 2005. (4 transferred to Bulgaria from USSR, all retired)

A Romanian Navy Poti class corvette is moored in a harbour, 1988 (this is likely at Constanța, Romania). Note the unusual stern, the ASW armament in the bow (which is not the RBU-6000s the Bulgarian ships are fitted with) and the large turret visible just aft of the deckhouse. NARA: US Navy 330-CFD-DN-SN-88-09540
Poti class corvette Atia 2004
Distinctive features are the length, which is slightly longer than the Pauk class, and the narrower, wedge-shaped hull, with the prominent turret behind the bridge, with only RBU Anti-submarine rockets forward and an elevated structure at the stern.

Missile Patrol Ships

Tarantul II Class Type 1241.1M LOA 184′ / 56.1 m TDISP 550 tons (1 active)

Mulnaya “Brave” 101 (transferred from Soviet Union 1989)

RFS Lăstunul. This Romanian Navy ship is a Tarantul I class. Aug. 2018 Credit: Alin2808 / CC BY-SA

Malniya Atia 2019Malniya Atia 2008

Osa Class LOA 127′ /  38.7 m TDISP ca. 200 tons. Bulgaria has both Osa I and II classes, with the visual difference being the shape of the missile tubes: Osa I have “dust-bin” square shaped tubes, while Osa II have streamlined launchers. See Russian Navy Corvettes and Patrol Ships for more views and info. Two Osa Is were transferred during 1972 from the USSR, while four Osa IIs followed during 1977 and 1982. Though both variants still appear in recent imagery, it is unclear if they are still operational.

Osa class missile boats Atia 2019
Osa II boats are docked together, with an Osa I boat aft.

Derelict ship located at Varna naval base LOA 135′ / 41.1 m TDISP unknown. This has been deteriorating on this spot since 2003. This may be one of the six SO1 class large patrol vessels transferred from the Soviet Union in 1963. According to russianships.info, these were all out of service by 1985.

SO-1 Soviet patrol boat NHHC USN 711530
SO-1 class large patrol vessel. US National Archives USN 711530 courtesy of the Naval History and Heritage Command.
Derelict ship Varna 2007
This 2007 view, which is slightly more detailed than a 2003 view, shows a vessel inboard of a floating dock or barge, that is about 136′ long, with about a 20′ beam. It appears to have a deckhouse near midships, which could be stepped up like the SO1s. The large rectangular space on the quarterdeck seen in the next views is also consistent with the SO1.

Derelict ship Varna 2018Derelict ship Varna 2019

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