Bezzavetnyy (811)

Soviet frigate Bezzavetnyy (811) rams USS Yorktown (CG-48) on 12 February, 1988, during the Black Sea Bumping Incident. Believed to be US Navy photo.

Nation
Ship Class
Ship Type
Laid Down
1976
Launched
1977
Commissioned
1977
Decommissioned
2002
AD/BC
AD
History

Bezzavetnyy (811) was a Soviet Project 1135 (Krivak I)-class guided missile frigate, commissioned 17 February, 1978. He displaced 3,575 tons, and could make 32 knots. Armament consisted of two twin 76mm guns, two quad 533mm torpedo tubes, a quad launcher for SS-N-14 Silex anti-shipping missiles, and a pair of launchers for SA-N-4 Gecko surface-to-air missiles. Bezzavetnyy is best known for an incident on 12 February, 1988, where he deliberately rammed the cruiser USS Yorktown, while the latter was inside Soviet territorial waters. Bezzavetnyy was attempting to push Yorktown back into international waters. The Yanks eventually left on their own, but Bezzavetnyy lost one of his anchors. Yorktown was only superficially damaged. Upon the breakup of the Soviet Black Sea Fleet, Bezzavetnyy was transferred to Ukraine in 1997, being renamed Dnipropetrovsk (U 134). Decommissioned in October, 2002, Dnipropetrovsk was scuttled in the Black Sea.