Ukrainian frigate Dnipropetrovsk

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Bezzavetnyy is closest to the camera, the cruiser Zhdanov in the middle and the submarine tender Magomed Gadzhiev in the rear
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Ordered: 4 July 1973
Builder: Zaliv Shipbuilding yard (Kerch)
Yard number: 14
Launched: 7 May 1977
Commissioned: 17 February 1978
Decommissioned: 8 September 1997
Fate: Transferred to Ukraine on 1 August 1997
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Acquired: 1 August 1997
Decommissioned: October 2002
Renamed: 1997
Reclassified: "Technical property" (2002)
Identification: U134
Fate: Scuttled on 12 May 2005
General characteristics
Class and type: Burevestnik-class frigate
Displacement: 3,300 tons standard, 3,575 tons full load
Length: 405.3 ft (123.5 m)
Beam: 46.3 ft (14.1 m)
Draft: 15.1 ft (4.6 m)
  • 2 shaft; COGAG
  • 2 x M-8k gas-turbines, 40,000 shp (30,000 kW)
  • 2 x M-62 gas-turbines (cruise), 14,950 shp (11,150 kW)
Speed: 32 knots (59 km/h; 37 mph)
Range: 4,995  nmi (9,251 km; 5,748 mi) at 14 knots (26 km/h; 16 mph)
Complement: 200
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • Radar: 1 MR-755 Fregat-M/Half Plate air/surface search
  • Sonar: Zvezda-2 suite with MGK-345 Bronza/Ox Yoke bow mounted LF, Ox Tail LF VDS
  • Fire Control: Purga ASW combat system, 2 Drakon/Eye Bowl SSM targeting, 2 MPZ-301 Baza/Pop Group
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
Start suite with Bell Shroud intercept, Bell Squat jammer, 4 PK-16 decoy RL, 8 PK-10 decoy RL, 2 towed decoys

The Ukrainian frigate Dnipropetrovsk was a former Soviet frigate (guard ship) Bezzavetnyy of the Burevestnik-class (NATO codename: Krivak I) ship built for the Soviet Navy in the late 1970s.

A guard ship is a warship assigned as a stationary guard in a port or harbour, as opposed to a coastal patrol boat which serves its protective role at sea.

Soviet Navy naval arm of the Soviet Armed Forces

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Service history

Black Sea incident

On 12 February 1988 the ship intentionally [1] [2] nudged the U.S. missile cruiser USS Yorktown in Soviet territorial waters while Yorktown was claiming innocent passage.

USS <i>Yorktown</i> (CG-48) CG-48, Ticonderoga-class cruiser

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Innocent passage is a concept in the law of the sea that allows for a vessel to pass through the territorial waters of another state, subject to certain restrictions. The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea Article 19 defines innocent passage as:

1. Passage is innocent so long as it is not prejudicial to the peace, good order or security of the coastal State. Such passage shall take place in conformity with this Convention and with other rules of international law.

2. Passage of a foreign ship shall be considered to be prejudicial to the peace, good order or security of the coastal State if in the territorial sea it engages in any of the following activities:

(a) any threat or use of force against the sovereignty, territorial integrity or political independence of the coastal State, or in any other manner in violation of the principles of international law embodied in the Charter of the United Nations;

(b) any exercise or practice with weapons of any kind;

(c) any act aimed at collecting information to the prejudice of the defence or security of the coastal State;

(d) any act of propaganda aimed at affecting the defence or security of the coastal State;

(e) the launching, landing or taking on board of any aircraft;

(f) the launching, landing or taking on board of any military device;

(g) the loading or unloading of any commodity, currency or person contrary to the customs, fiscal, immigration or sanitary laws and regulations of the coastal State;

(h) any act of wilful and serious pollution contrary to this Convention;

(i) any fishing activities;

(j) the carrying out of research or survey activities;

(k) any act aimed at interfering with any systems of communication or any other facilities or installations of the coastal State;

(l) any other activity not having a direct bearing on passage.

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Bezzavetnyy shown colliding with Yorktown

Ukrainian service

In summer of 1997 during the division of the Black Sea fleet she was transferred to the Ukrainian Navy, receiving the name of Dnipropetrovsk.

Ukrainian Navy navy of Ukraine and part of the Armed Forces of Ukraine

The Ukrainian Naval Forces is the navy of Ukraine and part of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.


Dnipropetrovsk was decommissioned in 2002 and was scuttled in the Black Sea in the spring of 2005.

Black Sea Marginal sea of the Atlantic Ocean between Europe and Asia

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