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Project 35 Mirka class

A total of 18 of these light frigates were built at the Kaliningrad yard, simultaneous with the more successful Petya program. All 'Mirka-I'and 'Mirka-II' class were discarded by 1990-91. Designated as small anti-submarine ships by the Soviet navy, the Mirka class were reclassified as escort ships in the late 1970s. Nine Mirka Is were built between 1964 and 1965, and nine Mirka IIs in the following two years. They are a developement of the earlier Petya class. The Mirka IIs were distinguished by the absence of the aft pair of RBU ASW rocket launchers and the addition of a second bank of five 406 mm torpedo tubes loaded with Type 40 homing torpedoes. The ships served with the Black Sea Fleet but today they are no longer in service.



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