Russian Navy receives first Admiral Grigorovich-class frigate
Russian Navy frigate Admiral Grigorovich (Project 11356M class) was finally commissioned into service at the Yantar shipyard in Kaliningrad on 11 March. Source: United Shipbuilding Corporation
The Russian Navy has finally commissioned into service the lead ship of its Project 11356M frigate class, Admiral Grigorovich , over two years behind schedule.
A formal flag-raising ceremony was held at the Yantar Shipyard in Kaliningrad on 11 March, over five years after the vessel was laid down in the same shipyard in December 2010. The vessel is now expected to transit to join the Black Sea Fleet in Sevastopol.
Since it was launched in March 2014, the frigate has been undergoing sea trials in the Baltic and Barents seas. Speaking at the flag-raising ceremony, Igor Ponomarev, vice president of United Shipbuilding Corporation (Yantar's parent company), said that the vessel had "successfully passed all tests and showed the high quality of its construction". Ponomarev added that the second and third ships of the class, Admiral Essen and Admiral Makarov , will also be commissioned in 2016.
The 3,620-tonne, 124.8 m long Project 11356M class is a derivative of the Talwar-class frigates that Russia built for the Indian Navy (in turn a derivative of the earlier Project 1135 Krivak-class frigate). According to the Russian Navy the class is armed with Kalibr-NK (SS-N-30A) cruise missiles, the 3S90M 'Shtil-1' (SA-N-7C) air defence system (a derivative of the land-based Buk system), an A-190 100 mm naval gun, an RBU-6000 anti-submarine mortar, and two 30 mm AK-630 close-in weapon systems.
Russia has a total of six Admiral Grigorovich-class frigates on order, although the final three vessels are not expected to be delivered to the Russian Navy. This is because the class relies upon Ukrainian-built Zorya-Mashproyekt DN-59 gas turbines, and Ukraine is no longer exporting military equipment to Russia. As a result Russia has belatedly had to suspend constructing the final three vessels and is hoping it can find an export customer for them.
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