The guard-ship is the class of warfare surface ships designed for patrolling and escorting larger ships, carrying and landing vessels in case of attacks of submarines, torpedo boats and aircraft of the enemy during sea movement and on the open roadsteads. Guard-ships are also used for protection of the maritime boundary. As a separate class ASW ships were introduced in World War I.
The guard-ship “Neustrashimy” (Fearless) (Frigate in NATO classification) of the Russian Baltic Fleet is equipped with a full-time anti-submarine helicopter Ka- 27.
The ship is designed to search, detect and track the enemy’s submarines, to defence warships and carrying vessels, to attack sea and shore targets, to support hostilities of the ground forces, to provide sea-borne landings and to manage other missions.
The ship has repeatedly participated in various exercises, including joint ones with NATO BALTOPS. In 2006 it received a high praise from the commander of the exercises, the U.S. Rear Admiral Joseph Kilkenny.
Since 2008 the guard ship “Neustrashimy” has been keeping combat watch at the coasts of Somalia to protect the shipping from the pirates.