Haze Gray Photo Feature
Soviet & Russian Navy
Project 50 'RIGA' class frigate SKR-874 in the Mediterranean 14 October 1967.
A smaller version of the previous 'KOLA' class frigate, these ships were
intended for general coastal and near-shore patrol work.
A Project 159 'PETYA I' class ASW frigate underway.
Essentially a successor to the 'RIGA' designed for ASW operations, these
patrol craft were extensively exported.
A Project 35 'MIRKA' class frigate.
The 'MIRKAs' were built on the 'PETYA' hull, with similar armament but a
different propulsion system. The raised housing at the stern houses
her gas turbine engines.
A Project 35M 'MIRKA II' class frigate.
The 'MIRKA II' substituted additional torpedo tubes for some of the
ASW rocket launchers carried by the 'MIRKA'.
A Project 1135 "Burevestnik" 'KRIVAK I' class frigate at sea.
The 'KRIVAKs' were ASW-oriented frigates designed as replacements for the
'RIGA' line. In the end they were three times as large as the ships they
replaced. They were initially classed as large ASW ships (BPK), but this
was later changed to Storozhevoy Korbal' (SKR; Large Patrol Ship),
more truly reflecting thier role. The large launcher forward houses
Ukrainian Project 1135.5 "Nerei" 'KRIVAK III' frigate Hetman
Sagaidachny at Sevastopol, 8/1995.
The 'KRIVAK III' was a 1980's redesign of the 1970's 'KRIVAK I' design.
These were relatively lightly armed vessels, operated by the KGB for
border patrol duties and classed PSKR. The last two ships of the class
were taken over by Ukraine; modified versions are in production for India.
A Russian 'KRIVAK I' underway in the Baltic in 1996.
Back to the Soviet & Russian Navy Main Page
Back to the Photo Galleries Main Page
This section of the HG&UW site created and maintained by
Copyright © 1998-2003, Andrew Toppan. All Rights Reserved.
Reproduction, reuse, or distribution without permission is prohibited.