Russian Navy to lay keel of Project 12700 minesweeper, Yakov Balyayev

A Project 12700 minesweeper, destined for the Russian Navy service, is scheduled to be laid down at the Sredne-Nevskiy Shipyard, St. Petersburg on Dec. 26. The ship will be named after the Hero of the Soviet Union Yakov Balyayev.

The keel laying ceremony will be attended by representatives of Naval High Command, leadership of the United Shipbuilding Corporation, Almaz Central Marine Design Bureau, Navy veterans and employees of the Sredne-Nevskiy Shipyard.

Aleksandrit-class/ Project 12700 minesweeper

Aleksandrit-class minesweeper (Project 12700) is a new Russian minesweeper class being constructed for the Russian Navy at the Sredne-Nevskiy Shipyard, a subsidiary of United Shipbuilding Corporation, in St. Petersburg.

The ships are designed to use various flails, as well as tele-guided and autonomous unmanned underwater vehicles (UUV) to disable or destroy mines at safe distances.

The ship’s hull is made of monolithic fiberglass and shaped by vacuum infusion, a modern construction method which results in a lighter hull with a longer service life.’

The ships have a length of 61m and a displacement of 890 tonnes at full load. Each ship has a crew complement of 44 personnel.

The first ship, Alexander Obukhov (507), was laid down on September 22, 2011 and was launched in June 2014. A total of 40 ships are planned to be constructed.

On June 9 2017, the Russian Russian Ministry of Defence announced that the first two ships would be delivered in 2018.

Russian MOD

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