The Krivak class, Soviet designation Project 1135 Burevestnik (storm petrel), were a series of frigates and guard ships (patrol boats) built in the Soviet Union primarily for the Soviet Navy since 1970. Later some sub-branches, like the Nerey (Nereus) were designed for coastal patrol by the KGB Border Troops. Until 1977, the ships in the class were considered to be large anti-submarine warfare vessels.
These ships are commonly known by their NATO reporting class name of Krivak and are divided into Krivak I, Krivak II, Krivak IV (navy), and Krivak III (coast guard) classes. They were designed as a successor to the Riga class. The design started in the late 1950s and matured as an anti-submarine ship in the 1960s. The first ship was Bditelnyy that was commissioned in 1970.
The Neukrotimyy (Indomitable) ship laid down on 22 January 1976 and decommissioned in 2009. The ship sank on 5 November 2012 in the Baltic Sea. The ship belonged to Project 1135M Burevestnik M (Krivak II): This group of ships was fitted with single 100 mm guns instead of the twin 76 mm weapons of the Burevestnik design. They also had a redesigned Variable Depth Sonar (VDS) installation. All of these ships were built in Kaliningrad. NATO referred to these ships as Krivak II-class
The ship’s unique features — the bow missile box, the stack, and the angled mast, earned it a rap-like nickname among U. S. sailors that comes from their foreign ship silhouette identification training — “Hot dog pack, Smokestack, Guns in Back — Krivak.
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