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.
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.
corvette MPK-16 laid down 17 january 1959 at the Shipyard No.532, Kerch (yard
No.802), launched 27 July 1960, commissioned 31 December 1960.
decommissioned and excluded from the lists of the Black Sea Fleet on 21 May 1981
| Displacement (tons):|
nmi (13,75 knots), 2500 nmi (14 knots), 1500 nmi (17,68 knots), 350 nmi (33 knots)|
|Propulsion:||2x15000 hp D-2B
gas turbines, 2x3300 hp M-503V diesels, 2 fixed pitch propellers in hydro-motors,
2x200 kW diesel generators |
1x2 57 mm ZIF-31B - 1000 rounds|
4x1 400 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