Russian Navy Destroyer Marshal Shaposhnikov Begins Second Stage of Sea Trials

Russian Navy Project 1155M Udaloy-class destroyer Marshal Shaposhnikov has entered the Sea of ​​Japan for the second stage of factory sea trials after repair and modernization, on Oct. 19.

In the morning, the Pacific Fleet tugs took the ship out of the Dalzavod water area and escorted it to the outer roadstead, where the vessel went full speed.

At sea, the crew, together with the delivery team, will check the operation of the power plant, steering gear, auxiliary mechanisms, communications, detection and navigation. Also, speed and maneuvering tests of the ship will be carried out.

The repair and modernization of the destroyer is carried out by JSC Dalzavod Ship Repair Center in Vladivostok. The works involved repairs of outboard fittings and hull structures, and installation of new equipment. The vessel received modern weapon complexes, such as Caliber-NK cruise missiles and Uranus anti-ship missile system equipped with X-35 missiles, and new radars.

The destroyer went to sea for initial factory sea trials on July 10. Marshal Shaposhnikov is expected to be returned to the Pacific Fleet by the end of this year.

The Udaloy class, Russian designations Project 1155 Fregat and Project 11551 Fregat-M (Russian: Фрегат, ‘Fregat’ meaning Frigate), are series of anti-submarine guided missile destroyers built for the Soviet Navy, seven of which are currently in service with the Russian Navy.

Twelve ships were built between 1980 and 1991, while the thirteenth ship built to a modified design, known as Udaloy II class, followed in 1999. They complement the Sovremennyy-class destroyers in anti-aircraft and anti-surface warfare operations.

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