The Russian Navy has deployed its newest guided-missile frigate Admiral Essen to the Mediterranean Sea off the Syrian coast, Russian news agency TASS reported quoting defence sources.
The Project 11356 (Admiral Grigorovich-class) frigate is based with the Black Sea Fleet at Sevastopol, Crimea. The frigate departed its home port on Sunday to join the Russian grouping in the Mediterranean Sea.
“The Admiral Essen frigate has joined the Mediterranean grouping; as planned, it departed (Sevastopol) today (Sunday),” the source said. “Based on the experience, fulfilment of the tasks will last for a few months.”
On July 5, the frigate returned to Sevastopol after its earlier deployment in the Mediterranean Sea.
During this deployment, Admiral Essen along with its sister ship, Admiral Grigorovich and the submarine Krasnodar had destroyed big armament depots of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria, using Kalibr (SS-N-27 Sizzler) cruise missiles.
The Admiral Essen is the first serial-produced Project 11356 (Admiral Grigorovich-class/ Фрегаты проекта 11356Р/М) frigate and the second ship in the family after Admiral Grigorovich. It was delivered to the Black Sea Feet in June 2016.
Measuring 124.8 meters in length and displacement of 3,620 tonnes, Project 11356 frigates are equipped with the 100mm A190 shipboard automatic artillery gun, an anti-submarine rocket launcher and torpedoes. They are also armed with Kalibr-NK long-range cruise missiles and the Shtil-1 medium-range surface-to-air (SAM)missile system. They can embark one Ka-28 or Ka-31 helicopter in the hangar.
The frigates are designed for anti-ship and anti-submarine warfare in the high seas, and anti-aircraft actions both independently and as an escort ship.
Six ships (two batches of three ships) have been ordered so far to be built by the Yantar shipyard in Kaliningrad. Out of these, two are operational and one is undergoing trials.
Written from inputs from TASS