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Grisha-class corvette
Corvette Grisha I
Grisha I class corvette
Class overview
Builders: Zelenodol'sk Zavod, Kazan, Komsomolsk,Leninskaya Kuznitsa, Kiev, Zaliv Zavod 532, Kerch, Ukraine
Operators: Naval Ensign of the Soviet Union (1950–1991).svg Soviet Navy
Naval Ensign of Russia.svg Russian Navy
Naval Ensign of Ukraine.svg Ukrainian Navy
Naval Ensign of Lithuania.svg Lithuanian Naval Force (former)
Succeeded by: Steregushchy class corvette
General characteristics
Type: Anti-submarine corvette
Displacement: 950 tons standard, 1,200 tons full load
Length: 71.6 m
Beam: 9.8 m
Draught: 3.7 m
Propulsion: 3 shaft, 2 M-507A cruise diesels, 20,000 shp, (2 shafts)
1 boost gas turbine, 18,000 shp, (1 shaft)
Electric Plant: 1×500 kW, 1×300 kW, and 1×200 kW diesel sets
Speed: 34 knots
Range: 4,000 nautical miles at 10 knots
Complement: 60
Sensors and
processing systems:
1 Don-2 navigation radar
1 Strut Curve air/surface search radar
1 Pop Group SA-N-4 fire control radar
1 Muff Cob AK-257 fire control radar
Bull Nose low-frequency hull-mounted sonar
Elk Tail medium-frequency through-hull dipping sonar
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
Bizan-4B suite with Watch Dog intercept
Armament: 1 twin SA-N-4 Gecko surface to air missile launcher (20 missiles)
1 twin 57mm 70-caliber AK-257 dual purpose guns
2 RBU-6000 anti-submarine rocket launchers (96 rockets)
2 twin 533 mm torpedo tubes
2 depth charge racks (12 depth charges)
Up to 18 mines in place of depth charges


The Albatros class (Russian: Альбатрос; NATO reporting name: Grisha) was a series of large anti-submarine corvettes built by the Soviet Union between 1970 and 1990. These ships had a limited range and were used only in coastal waters. They were equipped with a variety of ASW weapons and an SA-N-4 surface-to-air missile launcher. All were fitted with retractable fin stabilizers. Russian type designation was Malyy Protivolodochnyy Korabl (Small Anti-Submarine Ship).

VariantsEdit

  • Grisha I (1124.1)- 12 ships built 1970-1974 and decommissioned by 1979
  • The Grisha II class (1124P) were built for the KGB border guard, These ships had a second 57 mm gun mounting replacing the SA-N-4 missile system forward. 17 ships were built in the 1970s. Two were transferred to the Ukrainian Navy and around seven are in service with the Russian Maritime Border Guard.
  • The Grisha III class (1124M) were built in the late 1970s to early 1980s. These ships incorporated several small scale modifications, including a 30 mm gun and new electronics. Thirty four units were built. About 20 remain in Russian service. Two ships were in service with the Lithuanian Navy till 2009.
  • A single Grisha IV class (1124K) ship was built. This ship was a trials ship for the SA-N-9 missile system and has been decommissioned.
  • The Grisha V class (1124 ME) ships were built between 1985 and 1994. This incorporated further modifications with the twin 57 mm guns being replaced by a single 76 mm gun. Thirty ships were built. About 28 ships remain in the Russian Navy. Ternopil (U209) entered service in 2006 with the Ukrainian Navy.

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