580 was "Стерегущий" / "Steregushchy”, (translates as 'Guarding' in English) of the Russian Pacific Fleet.
This group were nicknamed 'The Singing Frigates , I am not sure why, but I rather suspect it may have been due to their incredibly powerful (and noisy) 4 X Gas turbine engines which produced 72,000 h.p. combined, and in such a small ship, the inimitable gas turbine whistling would have been hard to escape from!
The third Russian naval vessel to carry this name.
Launched on 20/02/1966 by the A.A. Zhdanov Shipyard, Leningrad, Russia (Yard number 755), operational on 21/12/1966 and joined the 'Red Banner Pacific Fleet' (KTOF) on 07/01/1967, based at Vladivostok.
It is recorded that the vessel carried out a series of official visits between March and July 1968, which included:
March 17 - 24, 1968 Madras, India.
April 3 - 6, Bombay, India.
April 17-24, Mogadishsu, Somalia.
**May 11-19, Umm Qasr and Basrah, Iraq.**
May 25 - June 2, Karachi, Pakistan.
June 5 - 9, Bandar Abbas, Iran.
Unspecified dates in June at Aden, South Yemen.
July 6 - 11, Colombo, Ceylon / Sri Lanka.
This was followed by numerous military services in the Indian Ocean, which were not given publicity due to secrecy.
31/12/1978, vessel was removed from the fleet's combat operations and laid up.
30/06/1993, de-commissioned from the Navy and fully disarmed.
11/02/1994, the crew were formally disbanded, and the vessel was sold to Indian breakers for demolition.