Russian Navy – Frigates

Russian Frigates

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Admiral Gorshkov Class LOA 442′ TDISP ca. 5,000 tons (4 building, 1 active)

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Admiral Gorshkov, 2018 Mil.ru / CC BY

Admiral Gorshkov (2018)

Admiral Grigorovich Class LOA 409′ TDISP 4,000 tons (3 active, 3 building)

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

Admiral Grigorovich Tartus Syria 2018

Neustrashimyy Class LOA 423′ TDISP 4,400 tons (2 active)

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

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

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

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A Gepard Class frigate, likely Dagestan from single gun in “B” position Credit: Mike1979 Russia [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D
Taterstan (2003) Dagestan (2012)Gepard Class Frigates Makhachkala 2019Gepard Class Frigates Cam Rahh VT 2018

Krivak class LOA 405′ TDISP 3,500 tons (40, 5 active, 1 preserved) more than 3 types.

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 (note double-barrelled turrets near stern)

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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.

Krivak II Class (note single-barrelled turrets near stern)Krivak III Class – 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.Krivak III frigate Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy 2019Krivak III frigates Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy 2018

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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. (Krivak III Class)

Uncompleted 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 LOA 312′ TDISP 1,900 tons (14, 7 active with other navies)

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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 (small frigate) LOA 268′ 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 Russianships.info.

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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.
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

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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 LOA 299′ 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.

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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. 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

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