Coastal vessel, American-built Iranian corvette with two DP 76mm guns, a twin Bofors, and depth charges aplenty. Like the Akebono/Ikazuchi in the Japan tree if it looked like the Italian Albatros.
The Bayandor-class patrol frigates were built for Iran under the American Military Assistance Program. Their design was based on the Italian Pattimura-class corvettes built for Indonesia. The ships were ordered in 1962 and built by the Levingston Shipbuilding Company in Texas, with the preliminary designations of PF 103 - 106. The ships were armed like typical US vessels, with two DP 76mm guns, a twin Bofors, and a large amount of ASW weaponry. They were delivered to Iran in 1964-1969, serving in the Imperial Iranian Navy and named after Iranian naval officers killed in action during the WW2 invasion of Iran. They fought in the Iran-Iraq war, where two of them were sunk. The remaining two are still in service today, albeit heavily modernized with modern guns and anti-ship missiles.
Milanian was the 3rd Bayandor-class patrol frigate, commissioned in 1968. The ship had a somewhat brief service, first in the Shah’s imperial navy, and later the republican navy. Like the other ships it underwent a small refit in the 1970s, with its Hedgehog launcher replaced with an AA gun. It fought in the Iraq-Iran War, and was sunk in 1982 with its sister Kahnamuie by Iraqi aircraft.
2x1 76mm Mk.34
1x2 40mm Bofors L/60
1x24 Hedgehog DCT
4 DCTs and 2 DCRs (60 DCs)
800 tons standard
1135 tons full
Propulsion: 4 Fairbanks-Morse 38D8 1/8 diesel engines, 5800 hp, driving 2 shafts
Speed: 20 knots (37 km/h)
Range: 3000 nmi (at 15 knots)
Mk.57 fire director
AN/SPG-34 tracking radar
AN/SPS-6 search radar
Raytheon navigation radar
Gardiner, R., Chumbley, S., & Budzbon, P. (1995). Iran. In Conway’s All the World’s Fighting Ships 1947-1995 (p. 184). Naval Institute Press.
Sayers, K. (2021). U.S. Navy Patrol Vessels (pp. 440, 467). McFarland.