Russian corvette Smerch

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Class and type: Nanuchka III class corvette
Name: Smerch
Laid down: 1981
Launched: 1984
Homeport: Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy
Status: Active
General characteristics
  • 560 t (551 long tons) standard
  • 660 t (650 long tons) full load
Length: 194 ft 7 in (59.31 m)
Beam: 41 ft 4 in (12.60 m)
Draught: 12 ft 11 in (3.94 m)
Propulsion: 3 shaft diesels, 30,000 hp
Speed: 32 knots (59 km/h; 37 mph)
Range: 2,500 nautical miles (4,600 km) at 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Complement: 60

The Smerch (Смерч) (Tornado) is a Nanuchka III-class corvette of the Russian Navy. It is classified as a Small Missile Ship/FFL (Малый Ракетный Корабль/МРК) and is currently registered with hull number 423.[1]

She is currently assigned to the Russian Pacific Ocean Fleet and was built in 1984.

On 1 February 2014 it was reported that while under the command of Captain 3rd Rank Alexei Petrov (Алексей Петров), she conducted training in local waters near the Kamchatka Peninsula. Training events included protecting the vessel, chemical contamination of the water supply, using personal protective equipment, disinfection, and decontamination of the ship.[2]

On 25 March 2013 it was reported that she participated in local training with her Nanuchka III-class sister ship Iney (Иней) (Frost) and Grisha V-Class MPK-82 (МПК-82) in Avacha Bay. Her crew trained on survival in severe weather conditions and responding to emergencies. Future training was to consist of antiaircraft warfare and antisubmarine warfare. One of the corvettes was pictured launching an SA-N-4 and shooting its AK-176.[3]