Russian Navy Pacific Fleet Detachment Departs Vladivostok for Long-Distance Voyage

A detachment of ships of the Russian Navy Pacific Fleet consisting of the Project 20380 Steregushchiy-class corvettes Sovershenniy (333) and Gromkiy (335) left Vladivostok to solve the tasks of a long voyage in the far sea zone.

In Peter the Great Bay, the corvettes, together with the crews of Ka-27PL anti-submarine helicopters, conducted an exercise to organize takeoffs and landings on the deck of the ships and took the helicopters to base.

During the campaign, the warships in the tactical group will work out practical actions for their intended purpose, conduct a number of exercises and training.

The Steregushchiy class is the newest class of corvettes designed by the Almaz Central Marine Design Bureau for the Russian Navy.

The corvettes have a steel hull and composite material superstructure, with a bulbous bow and nine watertight subdivisions. They have a combined bridge and command centre, and space and weight provision for eight SS-N-25 missiles.

The Kashtan CIWS on the first ship, Steregushchiy (530), was replaced in subsequent vessels (Project 20381) by 12 Redut VLS cells containing 9M96E medium-range SAMs of the S-400 system.

The export variant is known as Project 20382 Tigr. It carries either eight supersonic SS-N-26 (P-800 Oniks) anti-ship missiles or sixteen subsonic SS-N-25 ‘Switchblade’ (Kh-35E Uran).

The Steregushchiy class has been further developed into the Gremyashchiy class (Project 20385) and Project 20386 subclasses. SS-N-27 (Kalibr type missiles) will be fitted on Project 20385.

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