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Admiral Gorshkov Class / Project 22350 LOA 442′ / 134.7 m TDISP ca. 5,000 tons (5 building, 2 active)

Admiral Gorshkov, 2018 / CC BY

Admiral Gorshkov (2018)Admiral Gorshkov St. Petersburg 2018-06Admiral Gorshkov St. Petersburg 2018

Admiral Grigorovich Class / Project 11356Р/М LOA 409′ / 124.7 m TDISP 4,000 tons (3 active, 3 building) Admiral Makarov was reported damaged by a Ukrainian anti-ship missile in the Black Sea on 2022-05-05, but this information is yet to be confirmed.

Admiral Makarov, Saint Petersburg, 2018 © Ad Meskens / CC BY-SA

Admiral Grigorovich Sevastopol 2018-2Admiral Grigorovich Sevastopol 2018Admiral Grigorovich Tartus Syria 2018

Neustrashimyy Class / Project 11540 Yastreb LOA 423′ / 128.9 m TDISP 4,400 tons (2 active, 1 incomplete hulk)

RFS Neutrashimyy steams next to USS Gettysburg
Russian frigate RFS Neutrashimyy 2008 US Navy Official: 95658 PO3 Mike Banzhaf

Neustrashimyy Class Kaliningrad 2018Tuman, uncompleted hulk had been at 30% completion since about 1996, to be dismantled at Yantar Shipyards Kaliningrad.Tuman hulk yantar kaliningrad 2019

Gepard Class / Project 1166.1 LOA 335′ / 102.1 m TDISP 1,900 tons (2 active in Caspian Sea Fleet- 6 active in Vietnamese Navy, 2 more on order)

A Gepard Class frigate, likely Dagestan from single gun in “B” position Credit: Mike1979 Russia [CC BY-SA 3.0 (
Taterstan (2003) Dagestan (2012)Gepard Class Frigates Makhachkala 2019Gepard Class Frigates Cam Rahh VT 2018

Krivak class LOA 405′ / 123.4 m TDISP 3,500 tons (40, 2 active, 1 preserved) more than 3 types. 1 Krivak III serving with Ukraine (in our small navies listing)

Krivak profile ALL HANDS AUG 1987 p44
Profile US Navy, public domain, from All Hands Magazine Aug. 1987 edition p44.
1985 Krivak I class aerial view. “Hot Dog Pack, smokestack, guns in back – Krivak!” for recognition purposes. NARA: 330-CFD-DN-SN-86-00751

Krivak I class / Project 1135 Burevestnik (note double-barrelled turrets near stern)

Krivak class FF Sevastopol 2019
It is also possible that this is a Krivak IV upgrade of the original Krivak I class. These ships differ in the ASW armament and communications / sonar suite.

Ladny (1980) Last active Krivak I frigate (as of 2020), Baltic FleetLadny KrivakI class FF Baltiysk 2018

Krivak II Class / Project 1135M Burevestnik M (note single-barrelled turrets near stern)Sevastopol U-132 Ukrainian Navy (1997-2004). Formerly Russian Navy Razitelnyy (1976-1997), Black Sea Fleet. Towed to Turkey in 2006 for either scrapping or use as a target.

Sevastopol U-132 laid up in Sevastopol, at the Ukrainian naval base, 2005. Credit: Крицын Андрей, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Ukrainian Krivak II class Sevastopol 2004

Neukrotimyy (1977-2009) Baltic Fleet. Decommissioned at Baltiysk, sank at dock in 2012, and appears to have been raised and scrapped.Neukrotimyy KrivakII class FF Baltiysk 2011Neukrotimyy KrivakII class FF sunk Baltiysk 2013

Krivak III Class / Project 11351 Nerey very different arrangement with single gun in the bows, and a flight deck and hangar at stern. The Russian ships are in service with the FSB Coast Guard, while one ship is the flagship of the Navy of Ukraine (in our Navy of Ukraine listing).Krivak III frigate Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy 2019Krivak III frigates Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy 2018

Bertholf and Vorovsky
US Coast Guard Ship Bertholf and Russian FSB ship Vorovsky (Krivak III) 2011 US Coast Guard: 1102060 Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis

Hetman Sahaydachniy (1993) Ukrainian Navy flagship -Odessa 2018.Hetman Sahaydachniy Odessa 2018Hetman Sahaydachniy Odessa 2019Uncompleted Krivak hulk sold to North Korea. Likely dismantled. Appears to have been a Krivak III variant, speculation dubbed this a “mystery frigate”.krivak frigate Nampo NK 2004

Koni Class / Project 1159 (small frigate) LOA 312′ / 95.1 m TDISP 1,900 tons (14, 7 active with other navies)

Modified Koni Class frigate 1988 NARA: : 330-CFD-DN-SN-89-02590

Delfin (1975) Koni I transferred to Bulgaria 1990 as Smeli, still in serviceSmeli Koni Class Varna 2019.jpgSKR-201 (1985) Koni II variant transferred to Libya as Al Hani (212) captured 2011 by rebel groups in Benghazi, currently seized in Malta while undergoing repairs.Al Hani Malta 2017

Al Hani Benghazi 2012
The Two Konis transferred to Libya have SS-N-2 missile tubes mounted forward.

SKR-195 (1986) Koni II variant transferred to Libya as Al Ghardabia (213) Sunk by NATO strike Tripoli Harbour May 2011Al Ghardabia Tripoli 2010Al Ghardabia Tripoli 2019

Petya Class / Project 159 (small frigate) LOA 268′ / 81.7 m TDISP 1,150 tons (54 built, up to 8 still in service with other navies) Information about the commissioning of some units was located at

Petya Class frigate, Atlantic, 1983 NARA: 330-CFD-DN-ST-84-01631 PH2 D. Beech
Petya class azerbaijan 2018
ARG Gusar G-121, once named Bakili, originally SKR-16, originally commissioned into the Soviet Navy in July 1967 and transferred to Azerbaijan in 1992.
ARG Gusar G-121 Petya class Azerbaijan 2018
The distinctive feature of this ship is the twin AK-230 CIWS on st’b and port sides just aft of midships.
SKR-112, a Russian Petya class frigate that became the first Ukrainian Navy ship in 1992, after the declaration of Ukraine’s independence it was renamed Otaman Bilyi U-132. Credit: Sergienkod / CC BY-SA (
Petya Class Frigate Cam Rahh VT 2018
The Vietnamese Petya class are export versions built starting 1977 and transferred to Vietnam starting with HQ-09 in 1978.

Petya class FF Da Nang 2018

U.S. Navy / Public domain, taken from All Hand’s magazine, Nov. 1987 p. 45.

Petya class FF Tartus Syria 2016

Petya class FF Tartus Syria 2018
The extra 76mm turret on land is from the other Petya class, which was sunk as a target by Russian air force in April 2018,

Riga Class / Project 50 LOA 299′ / 91.1 m TDISP 1,500 tons. These served from 1954 until as late as the 1990s (68 built, many exported, none appear to be active or preserved). Only derelict or wrecked vessels appear to still be visible. All below ships have the 3 (single) 100mm guns removed, and large parts of the structure deteriorating or partially dismantled.

Riga profile ALL HANDS MAR 1988 p49
Profile US Navy, public domain, from All Hands Magazine Mar. 1988 edition p45.
Riga class ca. 1983. NARA: 330-CFD-DN-SN-87-06401 camera operator: Stokes
Riga class wreck Boyuk Zira Island, Azerbaijan 2012
Although we have searched, there seems to be no discussion of what ships these wrecks are, located at Boyuk Zira (Nargin Island) Baku Bay. Shipsearcher staff identified these by the length and the remaining features, including the distinctive gunshield protection infront of “B” position. Photos online of these wrecks help show other distinctive areas of the ships that had deteriorated by the time of these views.

Riga class wreck Boyuk Zira Island, Azerbaijan 2018

Riga wreck near severomorsk
Riga class wreck in a bay near Severomorsk, at these coordinates. Credit: famski.
Riga class wreck Murmansk 2005
Note distinctive oval gun tub on quarterdeck.

Riga class wreck Murmansk 2018

Kola Class / Project 42 LOA 315′ / 96 m TDISP 1,900 tons. (8, 1 lost, rest scrapped) These served from 1951 until as late as the 1970s, and were supplanted by the cheaper and smaller Riga class. Although most sources list these as scrapped in the 1970s, one ship, Lev (1953-1970s) remained in a semi-dismantled state for many years, surviving up until it notably sank at the dock in Baltiysk in 2009. The Kola class design inspired the North Korean Najin class frigates.

Kola frigate-Проект_42
Kola class frigate Sokol, n.d. Credit: Kosyak13, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Lev Kola class FF Baltiysk 2005Lev Kola class FF Baltiysk 2009

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