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Russian Navy Admiral Makarov Frigate has reportedly been badly damaged by Ukrainian Neptune anti-ship missiles

Naval tracking sites reported that a Russian rescue ship (SPK-46150) was dispatched to the last location the Admiral Makarov spotted with rumours suggesting that the warship is on fire.

Ukrainian politician and chairman of the Odessa Regional Council, Oleksiy Goncharenko has confirmed on messaging app Telegram that the Russian Navy ‘Admiral Makarov’ frigate is on fire (but had not sunk) after being hit by Ukrainian Neptune missiles on May 5, 2022 – the same ones that sunk the Russian flagship missile cruiser Moskva in the Black Sea, off the coast of Ukraine, on Apr. 13.

“The frigate Admiral Makarov, the Russian Navy’s patrol frigate, is on fire.

“Yes, yes, you got that right! The God of the Seas is taking revenge on Ukraine’s abusers.”

Goncharenko added that after being launched in September 2015, in 2022, “when it took part in the killing of Ukrainians, it was given to the God of the Seas.”

“It has not yet followed the Moskva, but a bad start has been made,” he said.

As Forbes noted on Friday, May 6, the 409-foot Admiral Makarov would be a “valuable target” for “Ukrainian missile crews and drone operators.”

As reported by Euro Weekly News, Naval tracking sites reported that a Russian rescue ship (SPK-46150) was dispatched to the last location the Admiral Makarov spotted with rumours suggesting that the warship is on fire.

The Admiral Makarov, a brand new frigate (launched in 2012, fully operational as of 2017) is an Admiral Grigorovich-class frigate (which includes the Grigorovich, which is still sailing and the Admiral Essen that is believed to have been badly damaged by Ukrainian anti-ship missiles) of the Russian Navy, part of the Black Sea Fleet based at Sevastopol. Currently the most recently built of her class, she is the third of six planned ships of this class.

As already reported, Russian Navy’s Black Sea flagship RTS Moskva (121) sank on Apr. 13, 202.

Ukraine claimed it fired two Neptune missiles at the Russian warship which was patrolling south of Odesa. According to Navy Recognition, other sources speak of the Turkish-made Bayraktar TB2 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle that was used as a diversion.

Russia initially claimed the vessel, which had more than 500 crew on board had blown up after a fire onboard, but later the Kremlin was forced to admit the vessel had been taken out by hostile action.

Moskva sank as tugs attempted to tow the crippled warship back to Crimea for repairs.

Photo credit: Ad Meskens, Own Work, via Wikipedia

Dario Leone

Dario Leone is an aviation, defense and military writer. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviation Geek Club” one of the world’s most read military aviation blogs. His writing has appeared in The National Interest and other news media. He has reported from Europe and flown Super Puma and Cougar helicopters with the Swiss Air Force.

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