Russian Neustrashimy class frigate to rejoin Baltic Fleet finally in May

According to information published by Tass on May 5, 2022, the Neustrashimy class frigate will rejoin the Baltic fleet in mid-May after an overhaul, Yantar Shipyard said. This announcement comes after multiple delays.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Neustrashimy class frigate Neustrashimy during its refit (Picture source: F.a0z)

On April 20, the warship test-fired Kinzhal air defense missiles after the overhaul in the Baltic Sea near the coast of Kaliningrad.

The warship has been overhauled since 2014. It had to rejoin the fleet in 2021, but the deadline was postponed due to the necessity to overhaul Ukrainian-made engines. The Neustrashimy has been operational since 1991.

The Neustrashimy class, Soviet designation Project 11540 Yastreb (hawk), is a series of large frigates built for the Soviet Navy and currently in service with the Russian Navy. Seven ships were planned for the Soviet Navy, but the fall of the Soviet Union disrupted those plans.

The class was designed as general-purpose anti-submarine warfare (ASW) frigate to follow on from the Krivak-class frigates. The ship is equipped with a newly designed Zvezda-1 integrated sonar system (with NATO reporting name Ox Tail) as its primary ASW sensor.

The Neutstrashimy class has a length of 129 m (423 ft 3 in), a beam of 15.6 m (51 ft 2 in), and a draught of 5.6 m (18 ft 4 in). She can reach a top speed of 30 knots (56 km/h; 35 mph).

The frigates are powered with two shaft COGAG 2x M70 or D090 cruise and 2x M90 boost gas turbines. They have a standard displacement of 3800 tons and a full displacement of 4400 tons.

The class is armed with 2 x 4 SS-N-25 anti-ship missiles, 4 x 8 Vertical Launching System for SA-N-9 missiles, BU-6000 Smerch-2 anti-submarine rocket launcher, one 100 mm naval gun, and two Kortik (Kashtan) close-in weapon system.

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