Russian Navy – Corvettes and Patrol Vessels

Russian Corvettes

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Steregushchiy class LOA 343′ TDISP  2,200 tons (7)Steregushchiy class corvette Rybachiy2019Steregushchiy class Vladivostok 2019Steregushchiy class corvette Komsomolsk-on-Amu.jpg

Patrol Vessels

Project 22160 Class Large Patrol Boat LOA 308′ TDISP ca. 1,500 tons (2 active, 3 building)

Vasily Bykov (2018) and Dmitriy Rogachev (2019) Novorossiysk, Black Sea FleetProject 22160 corvettes Novorossiysk 2018

Buyan and Buyan-M Class LOA 203′ and 246′ TDISP 950 tons (10 active, 5 building)

Buyan-M sub-class (Project 21631) corvettes LOA 246′ TDISP 950 tons: Grad Sviyazhsk, Uglich, Velikiy Ustyug (all commissioned into Caspian Sea Fleet 2014) (8 active, 4 building)Buyan M class corvettes Makhachkala 2019Buyan-M Sevastopol 2018

Buyan sub-class (Project 21630) LOA 203′ TDISP 520 tons (3 active)buyan and buyan M class corvettes Makhachkala 2019

Parchim Class LOA 236′ TDISP 950 tons (28 built, about 14 still active, mostly in Indonesia) Built in the Former German Democratic Republic (East Germany) for the Soviet Navy. Many were sold to the Indonesian Navy in 1992 and serve as the “Kapitan Patimura” class, and have been upgraded.

Formerly Parchim, now KRI Sutedi Senoputra (378), Indian Navy / GODL-India

Parchim class Indonesia 2019

Grisha Class, several subclasses LOA 235′ TDISP 1,000 tons

Grisha profile ALL HANDS OCT 1987 p49
Profile US Navy, public domain, from All Hands Magazine Oct. 1987 edition p49.

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Grisha V class corvette in Sevastopol 1990. Credit: George Chernilevsky [Public domain]
Grisha II class, originally designed for Soviet KGB border forces. Distinguishable by the additional 57mm turret in the bows.Ukrainian Grisha II class Odessa 2018

Grisha III classLithuanian Navy Grisha III class corvettes Klaipėda 2003

Grisha III corvette Novorossiysk 2018
This could also be a Grisha V class as well.
Soviet Grisha Class 1983 NARA: 330-CFD-DN-SN-83-06761

Grisha V class

Ternopil U-209 Ukrainian Navy (2006-2014, seized by Russia at Sevastopol)

Ternopil U-209, ca. 2006. / CC BY (
Ukrainian Grisha class Sevastopol 2014
This is most likely Ternopil U-209 a Grisha V class, given the position amongst Ukranian Navy ships, during Russian the annexation / seizure. This ship was seized and not returned, and appears to have been cannibalized for parts.

Nanuchka Class, Nanuchka III variant LOA 195′ TDISP 660 tons (15 active, 5 lost, 27 retired)

Nanuchka I class corvette in the Mediterranean, 1986. The later Nanuchka III types had a single AK-176 turret at the stern. NARA: 330-CFD-DN-ST-86-11087

Nanuchka Class corvettes 2019 PetropavlovskNanuchka Class corvette 2018 Petropavlovsk

Tarantul Class LOA 184′ TDISP 540 tons (ca. 25 in service many retired, many sold to export)

Tarantul class lines ORP Okręty-projektu-1241-sylwetka
Outline of a Polish Tarantul class missiBiuro Prasowe Marynarki Wojennej, CC BY-SA 2.5 , via Wikimedia Commons
Tarantul III class escorting US warships USS Reuben James FFG-57 and USS Princeton CG-59 after a goodwill visit, to Vladivostok, 1990 NARA: 330-CFD-DN-ST-91-00740 PH1 Salois
Hiddensee Tarantul Class Battleship cove MA 2013
Hiddensee, a Tarantul I class, has an interesting history, having been built in the Soviet Union and transferred and commissioned in the East German Navy in 1985 as Rudolf Egelhofer. After German unification, she was renamed Hiddensee. She ended her career in United States Naval service for evaluation purposes as USNS Hiddensee, and in 1997 and is now a museum ship at Battleship Cove, Fall River MA.

tarantul class corvettes Sevastopol 2017

Tarantul class corvette Makhachkala 2019
Note also FSB Rubin class patrol boat in light livery at top of this capture.

ORP Metalowiec 436 (1987-2013) AND ORP Rolnik 437 (1989-2013) (Polish Navy)

ORP Metalowiec, ca. 2008. Credit:, Attribution, via Wikimedia Commons

Tarantul class ORP Metalowiec and Rolnik Gdynia poland 2008

Osa Class Missile boat (several variants) 127′ TDISP ca. 200 tons (1960 – present) still in service with former USSR navies and in North Korea. Original Osa class have large bin shaped missile tubes, while Osa II class (such as those in service with Vietnamese Navy) have more cylindrical designs.

Soviet Osa II class underway, 1982 NARA: 330-CFD-DN-ST-82-05659
OSA I class missile boat, 1983 NARA: 330-CFD-DN-ST-84-01647 PH2 Beech

OSA 1 Gdynia poland 2008

ORP_Władysławowo OSA1
ORP Wladyslawowo, OSA 1 class, ca. 2010. Credit: Topory, CC BY 3.0 <;, via Wikimedia Commons

Osa Class missile boats Nampo NK 2018

OSA II class missile boat, 1984 NARA: 330-CFD-DN-SN-84-10424

Osa II class missile boats Da Nang 2019

Dergach Class Hoverborne Missile Corvette (1997 – present) LOA 215′ TDISP 1,050 tons (2 active with Black Sea Fleet)

Bora 615 (1997) and Samum 616 (2000)

Samum ca. 2010 Credit: A. Blinov CC BY 4.0

Dergach class hovercorvette 2 sevastopol 2014Dergach class hovercorvette sevastopol 2018Dergach class hovercorvette 2 sevastopol 2018

Torpedo Boats

Turya Class (Project 206M) Hydrofoil Torpedo Boat. LOA 130′ TDISP 250 tons. About 50 built,  Possibly 3 still in service with the Caspian Sea Flotilla, a pair may be in Latvian Navy service, about 10 produced in a simplified export version, the Project 206 ME. Five of these still in service with Vietnamese Navy. Distinctive features are the hydroplanes on either side of the bridge, the angled torpedo tubes, and the (large for the size) twin 57mm gun turret near the stern.

A Cuban Navy Turya Class Hydrofoil Torpedo Boat, flying on its hydroplanes, 1984. NARA: 330-CFD-DN-SN-84-10426
Turya Hydrofoils Da Nang 2017
Note the comparison of the Turya class hydrofoil torpedo boats and the similarly sized Osa II class missile boat at bottom.
Turya Hydrofoils Da Nang 2018
Although the resolution is typically bad, this more oblique view shows the hydroplanes projecting from outwards from the side level with the bridge. The large 57mm twin gun just aft of the awning is also a distinctive feature.

Turya Hydrofoils Da Nang 2019

Soviet Turya class boat, 1985 NARA: 330-CFD-DN-SN-86-00961

Submarine Chasers and Minesweepers (this may be broken out to its own page)

T-43 Class Minesweeper LOA 190′ TDISP 570 tons (Many exported – 2 ships to Albania) AND Kronshtadt class submarine chaser LOA 171′ TDISP ca. 300 tons many exported (4 to Albania)

Albanian Navy M-111, a T-43 class Minesweeper. Gerd 72 Public domain

Ships_at_Pashaliman[Detail of]
This remarkable view of Pashaliman, ca 2008, shows both the T-43 Minesweeper (before it sank at its dock), at left, and the Kronshtadt-class submarine chaser at right. [Detail of] Albinfo / CC BY-SA
Soviet Minesweepers T-43 and Kronshtadt Albania 2007Soviet Minesweepers T-43 and Kronshtadt Albania 2017

T-43 minesweeper Shëngjin, Albania 2012
From images online of Shëngjin, this is M-111, in a heavily deteriorated state.

T-43 minesweeper Durres, Albania 2002

Albanian Navy Kronshtadt-class submarine chaser, at Pasha Liman, ca. 2007. Possibly same vessel in capture. Credit: Gerd 72 / CC BY 

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