|The Project 1135 Burevestnik (Storm Petrel) class were a series of frigates built for the Soviet Navy. These ship are commonly known by their NATO reporting name of Krivak. |
These ships 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. A total of 40 ships were built, 32 ships for the Soviet Navy and 8 modified ships for the KGB Maritime Border Guard.
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."
How many ships that remain in active duty today is uncertain. According to some sources Russia has 4 units in service and the Ukrainian Navy 1. Russian press listed 3 units operational in February 2008, 1 with the Baltic Fleet and 2 with the Black Sea Fleet.