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ASW Corvette MPK-15
  ASW Corvette MPK-15
Project 204 / Poti Class

The Poti class was the NATO reporting name for a group of anti-submarine warfare (ASW) corvettes built for the Soviet Navy. The Soviet designation was Project 204 small anti-submarine ships. Built in Khabarovsk, Zelenodolsk and Kerch, these 66 units were specialized in coastal anti-submarines control and cheaper than the class Petya or Mirka frigates. They had new D-2B gas turbines, giving them 35 knots, the best speed ever recorded by a Soviet ship of this type. Two propellers were mounted in tunnels to give a very shallow draught.

Anti-submarine weapons included four single-tube 400-mm torpedo tubes for SET-40 anti-submarine torpedoes and two RBU-6000 anti-submarine rocket launchers (RBU-2500 in Romanian and early Soviet ships). The artillery weapons consisted only of a AK-725 twin automatic turret 57-mm gun with the Bars fire control radar (or 57 mm ZIF-31B at early ships). Air/surface situation was carried out with the help of the Rubka radar, and underwater - with the help of the MG-312 sonar.

These ships served on all four fleets of the USSR Navy: 17 on the Black Sea Fleet, 11 on the Pacific Fleet, 22 on the Baltic Fleet and 11 on the Northtern Fleet.

ASW corvette MPK-15 laid down 26 November 1958 at the Shipyard No.532, Kerch (yard No.801), launched 30 March 1960, commissioned 29 December 1960.

05 June 1979 was reclassified to a training ship.

MPK-15 was decommissioned and excluded from the lists of the Black Sea Fleet on 31 May 1984 and scrapped.

Displacement (tons):
Full load:510
Dimensions (m):
Speed (knots):35
Range:2650 nmi (13,75 knots), 2500 nmi (14 knots), 1500 nmi (17,68 knots), 350 nmi (33 knots)
Autonomy (days):7
Propulsion:2x15000 hp D-2B gas turbines, 2x3300 hp M-503V diesels, 2 fixed pitch propellers in hydro-motors, 2x200 kW diesel generators
Armament: 1x2 57 mm ZIF-31B - 1000 rounds
4x1400 mm OTA-40-204 torpedo tubes (4 SET-40 torpedoes) Zummer fire control system
2x16 RBU-2500 Smerch (128 RGB-25) – Smerch-204 control system

MR-302 Rubka air/surface search radar, Bizan-4B ESM radar system, Donets navigation radar, Nichrom-M IFF, ARP-50 radio direction finder, MG-312 Titan-2 sonar

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