Russian frigate Admiral Makarov

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Admiral Makarov
NameAdmiral Makarov
NamesakeStepan Makarov
BuilderYantar Shipyard
Laid down29 February 2012[2]
Launched2 September 2015[1]
Commissioned27 December 2017
General characteristics
Class and typeAdmiral Grigorovich-class frigate
Length124.8 m (409 ft)
Beam15.2 m (50 ft)
Draught4.2 m (14 ft)
  • 2 shaft COGAG;
  • 2 DS-71 cruise gas turbines 8,450 shp (6,300 kW);
  • 2 DT-59 boost gas turbines 22,000 shp (16,000 kW);
  • Total: 60,900 shp (45,400 kW)
Speed30 knots (56 km/h; 35 mph)
Range4,850 nmi (8,980 km; 5,580 mi) at 14 kn (26 km/h; 16 mph)
Endurance30 days
Sensors and
processing systems
  • Air search radar: Fregat M2M
  • Surface search radar: 3Ts-25 Garpun-B, MR-212/201-1, Nucleus-2 6000A
  • Fire control radar: JSC 5P-10 Puma FCS, 3R14N-11356 FCS, MR-90 Orekh SAM FCS
Electronic warfare
& decoys
  • EW Suite: TK-25-5;
  • Countermeasures:
  • 4 × KT-216
Aircraft carried1 × Ka-27 series helicopter
Aviation facilitiesHelipad and hangar for one helicopter

Admiral Makarov is an Admiral Grigorovich-class frigate of the Russian Navy, part of the Black Sea Fleet based at Sevastopol. She was laid down at the Yantar Shipyard in February 2012 and commissioned on 25 December 2017.[4] She is the most recently built of her class, and the third of six ships that had been planned in the class as of November 2014.[5][6]


In July 2018, the frigate took part in Russia's Main Naval Parade in St. Petersburg.[7]

On 18 August 2018, Admiral Makarov set sail from the Baltic Sea for the Black Sea and sailed through the English Channel on 21 August.[8][9] She had been spotted while in transit there by HMS Queen Elizabeth in the English Channel on 18 August during her maiden voyage.[10][11] After shadowing the British supercarrier, Admiral Makarov arrived at her permanent base in occupied Sevastopol in early October.[12]

On 5 November 2018, the press service of the Russian Navy's Black Sea Fleet announced the frigate had left Sevastopol to join the Russian naval group in the eastern Mediterranean.[13]

2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine[edit]

In 2022, Admiral Makarov—along with Admiral Essen—took part in the Russian invasion of Ukraine, targeting a Ukrainian oil refinery and fuel depots in the suburbs of Odesa with cruise missiles.[14]

Following the 14 April 2022 sinking of the cruiser Moskva, Admiral Makarov assumed the role of flagship of the Black Sea Fleet.[15]

On 6 May 2022, Ukrainian MP Oleksiy Honcharenko claimed that Admiral Makarov had been struck and badly damaged by a Ukrainian missile.[16][17] On 7 May, the adviser to the Office of the President of Ukraine Oleksiy Arestovych said that the report was a "misunderstanding", and that the vessel attacked was actually a Serna-class landing craft.[18] On 9 May, Admiral Makarov was spotted sailing intact near Sevastopol.[19]

On 29 October 2022, Admiral Makarov suffered damage during an attack on Sevastopol by several air and sea drones with at least one sea drone striking the ship, reportedly disabling the radar.[20][21][22] Russian news agency TASS reported that all the air drones had been destroyed.[23] Satellite footage from 1 November showed Admiral Grigorovich-class frigates believed to include Admiral Makarov moored in Sevastopol.[24] Naval News subsequently reported that little damage had occurred to either of the two warships that were hit by the sea drones, but that the military effect of the attack on the protected harbor of Sevastopol exceeded the direct damage because it led to the Russian Navy going into a protective mode, "essentially locking them in port. ... New defenses were quickly added, new procedures imposed and there was much less activity. Russia’s most powerful warships in the war [were by mid-November] mostly tied up in port."[25] On 15 August 2023, Admiral Makarov returned to active duty after being damaged in the October 2022 attack.[26]

Sometime between the 1 and 3 October 2023, Admiral Makarov was transferred along with Admiral Essen from Sevastopol to Novorossiysk, Krasnodar Krai.[27]


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  2. ^ Gavrilenko, Andrei (25 February 2012). Флоту – новый фрегат [A new frigate to the fleet]. Krasnaya Zvezda (in Russian). Archived from the original on 2 December 2013. Retrieved 5 November 2016.
  3. ^ Melnikov, Ruslan (15 April 2017). Российская ракета "Циркон" достигла восьми скоростей звука [Russian Zircon missile reaches eight times the speed of sound]. Rossiyskaya Gazeta (in Russian). Archived from the original on 23 December 2017. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
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  7. ^ Savelov, Alexey (7 July 2018). «Адмирал Макаров» прибыл в Кронштадт для участия в Главном военно-морском параде ["Admiral Makarov" arrived in Kronstadt to participate in the main Naval Parade]. Zvezda (in Russian). Archived from the original on 6 November 2018. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  8. ^ Фрегат "Адмирал Макаров" отправился к месту базирования на Черноморский флот [The frigate "Admiral Makarov" went to the base of the Black Sea Fleet]. TASS (in Russian). 18 August 2018. Archived from the original on 21 August 2018. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  9. ^ Ракетный фрегат "Адмирал Макаров" прошел Ла-Манш под присмотром британского тральщика [Missile frigate "Admiral Makarov" sailed the English Channel under the supervision of a British minesweeper]. Interfax (in Russian). 21 August 2018. Archived from the original on 25 August 2018. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  10. ^ "HMS Queen Elizabeth sets off for F-35B fighter jet trials". Royal Navy. 18 August 2018. Archived from the original on 20 August 2018. Retrieved 13 January 2021.
  11. ^ A Russian Warship Causes Concern on the HMS Queen Elizabeth. Smithsonian Channel. 19 February 2020. Archived from the original on 4 December 2020. Retrieved 13 January 2021 – via YouTube.
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  13. ^ "Russia sends new frigate with cruise missiles onboard to Mediterranean". Reuters. 5 November 2018. Archived from the original on 6 November 2018. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  14. ^ Grylls, George (4 April 2022). "Russian ships bombard Odesa with cruise missiles". The Times. Archived from the original on 4 April 2022. Retrieved 5 May 2022.
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  20. ^ Ozberk, Tayfun (30 October 2022). "Analysis: Ukraine Strikes With Kamikaze USVs – Russian Bases Are Not Safe Anymore". Retrieved 30 October 2022.
  21. ^ Harding, Luke; Koshiw, Isobel (30 October 2022). "Russia's Black Sea flagship damaged in Crimea drone attack, video suggests". Guardian News & Media. Retrieved 30 October 2022.
  22. ^ Callaghan, Louise (29 October 2022). "Admiral Makarov: Russian naval base ablaze after flagship 'hit by massive drone attack'". The Sunday Times.
  23. ^ "Kiev carried out terrorist attack on Black Sea Fleet in Sevastopol". TASS. 29 October 2022.
  24. ^ Andreikovets, Kostia (2 November 2022). "Satellites captured damaged Russian frigates in Sevastopol Bay. Probably, there was "Admiral Makarov" among them". Retrieved 2 November 2022.
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  26. ^ "Reports: Black Sea Fleet flagship returns to combat". MSN. 15 August 2023.
  27. ^ "Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, October 4, 2023". Institute for the Study of War. 5 October 2023.

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