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Soviet & Russian Navy
A Project 133.2 'PARCHIM II' class corvette on the Neva River, St.
Petersburg, 7/1995. These corvettes, built in East Germany, were
inferior to the Soviet equivalent, the 'GRISHA' class. They were
apparently acquired as a form of foreign aid for East Germany.
A Project 1234 "Ovod" 'NANUCHKA' class missile corvette.
These small vessels carried 6 SS-N-9 SSM and the SA-N-4 SAM; they were
capable of long-distance deployments. Unfortunately they proved to be
poor seaboats and their engines were unreliable. These boats were built
in several versions and exported extensively.
Project 1241.1 "Molniya-1" 'TARANTUL' class (left) and Project 1234
"Ovod" 'NANUCHKA' class (right) missile corvettes at Sevastopol, 8/1995.
'TARANTUL' is a large missile boat or small corvette, fast and relatively
well armed. It replaces the venerable 'OSA' series of FACs.
Bora, a Project 1239 "Sivuch" 'DERGACH' class missile
corvette at Sevastopol, 8/1995.
This high-speed surface-effect-ship was meant to lead coastal missile
squadrons, but suffered from severe vibration, and the program was
cancelled after two vessels were built.
A Project 205M 'OSA II' fast attack craft, missile (FAC[M]) under tow.
These small, high speed boats, carrying four SS-N-2 'Styx' SSMs, have
been exported widely. They have now been replaced in Russian service by
the 'TARANTULs', which carry the same SSM armament, plus SAMs, on larger,
faster, more durable hull.
A Project 206 'SHERSEN' class torpedo boat underway.
The 'SHERSEN' is the torpedo-armed version of the 'OSA' class, using the
same hull; 'MOL', 'BOGOMOL', 'TURYA', 'MATKA' and 'STENKA' classes also
use this hull. The 'SHERSEN' design was produced in large numbers, both
for Soviet use and for export.
Another 'SHERSEN' underway.
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