Shown in April 1995, shorn of her 130-mm guns and major radar antennas while laid up in technical reserve, is the second of 17 Sovremennyy-class guided-missile destroyers built for the Soviet and Russian navies since 1981, the Northern Fleet’s Otchayannyy. According to a September 1995 article in Morskoi sbornik, an overhaul was to have been begun in 1987 but was delayed until 1992, at which point she could make barely 18 knots. Shrinking resources then were diverted to her sister Sovremennyy, which had commenced overhaul in 1988 and was still in the yard as of last fall. On 30 November 1994, the leaking Otchayannyy was ignominiously towed back to her base at Severmorsk and now is manned by a skeleton crew assigned to pump her out periodically to prevent her from foundering. Barring a major reversal in the budgetary fortunes of the Russian military, the Otchayannyy is deemed unlikely to steam again.
By A. D. Baker III, Editor, Combat Fleets of the World