Neustrashimy class frigates (Russian: Неустрашимый) are the most modern large frigates in the Russian Navy. The Soviet designation is Project 1154 Yastreb (Hawk).
The ship class was designed as a general purpose ASW frigate to follow on from the Krivak class frigates
. This group of frigates incorporates some stealth technology
. The program started in 1986 and seven ships were originally planned. As of 2007, only one ship, the Neustrashimy
), is in service with the Russian Navy's Baltic Fleet
and is active.
The ships were built by Yantar Yard, Kaliningrad
. Only the Neustrashimy
was completed by the time the Soviet Union
collapsed. Two further ships were incomplete. Yaroslav Mudry
(named after the great ruler of the Kievan Rus Yaroslav the Wise
) and Tuman
(Fog, named after the World War II
era Soviet patrol boat
whose crew exhibited great valour in combat with three German destroyers
), The exact status of these ships is disputed but the 2006-07 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships
states the Yaroslav Mudry
is being completed for service entry in 2007.
2008 deployment to Somalia
In late September 2008 the Neustrashimy
left the Baltic Fleet
and was sent to the waters off the Somali
coast to fight piracy in the region, and to intercept MV Faina
, a Ukrainian ship bound for Kenya
carrying 33 T-72
battle tanks and a hoard of ammunition, that was seized by pirates off the Horn of Africa
. Russian navy spokesman Capt. Igor Dygalo told the Associated Press
that the missile frigate Neustrashimy
had left the Baltic Sea port of Baltiisk
a day before the hijacking to cooperate with other unspecified countries in anti-piracy efforts. On 4 october, she entered the Mediterranean Sea on her way to Somalia.