11 thoughts on “Where Is 042?”

  1. How about a little help?

    Just what is that boat? Surely not for use in the open sea, right?

    The main armament appears to be a turret and gun from a tank, plonked into position where it belongs, but for use against, what?

    Is it a river defense craft, like the U.S. Swiftboats?

    A quick search yields nothing about “Where is 042”.

    If you have some info, please share!

    • Is “Stenka” class coastal ‘border patrol’ boat. Close coast, estuary and inland sea (think Baltic, Caspian, etc) duty, close ocean patrol at no more than moderately seas. I think they were used similar to the way the US Coast Guard uses cutters – though they have a bit more firepower and were used more offensively. (perhaps as cover for North Sea “Soviet Fishing Trawlers” that were once used for signals intercept and such) As Mr Fox noted, NPRK is suspected to have them, though I found no notes in Jane’s about them. Jane’s did mention Cuba, Russia, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Georgia and Cambodia as still having them.

      As to them belonging in a museum, they are not that old a design, by Russian standards anyway, as first entered service in the mid-late 1960’s.

      And to arkhangelsk — well, duhhh, of course they should give command to senior NCO’s, and (if they had any sense) junior officers should defer to them, especially on older craft like this.

  2. I’ve read they sometimes put Senior Warrant officers in command of these small boats instead of the junior officer as stipulated in the shtat. Now I see it.

    I understand the sentiment, but it is still wrong. We all know old hand NCOs can often do better than young officers, be it in platoon command or other similar posts. But you shouldn’t deprive the officer of the learning opportunity.

  3. … also, more info, and an age correction to my comment above.

    Also, “Stenka” is the NATO name. Russian Navy name is “Project 205P” or “Tarantul” type.

    These craft were still being built through the 1989, the last commissioned Project 205P being number 213, launched from Leningrad shipyard. (note the commission date of 1972 in the photo above that shows “history” plaque)

    Not sure of the accuracy of this site vs Jane’s or others, but take a look at russian-ships.info/eng/borderguard/project_205p.htm for a list of all hull numbers. (Info seems to pretty much match up with Jane’s Fighting Ships info, mostly.)

  4. (Rereads article and wonders what type of ship the REAL “042” is supposed to be, as the Project 205P was built between 1967 and 1989, long after WWII!! LOL)

  5. It’s great to see … the boat is 100% operational and ready to action if necessary. Congratulations to the Russian navy.


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