Poti Class


Country: Soviet Union

There is always a question as to what class a particular vessel falls into and the Poti Class is a good example. Some sources identify them as light ASW frigates, others classify them as Guided Missile Corvettes while others define them as Patrol Boats. This is primarily due to the Soviet nomenclature not being directly equivalent to Western standards. In the Soviet Navy they were classified as Small Anti-Submarine Ships.

Most sources believe sixty-four of this class were built. Production began in the early 1960s and continued on until 1967. These vessels were typical of the light coastal warship designs produced in large quantity by the Soviet ship yards during the first half of the Cold War.

Although examples were exported to Bulgaria and Romania the vast majority operated with Soviet naval forces.

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