Russian Navy’s Second Admiral Gorshkov-Class Frigate, Admiral Kasatonov, Begins Sea Trials

The Russian Navy’s second Project 22350 Admiral Gorshkov-class frigate, Admiral Kasatonov (431), has begun her sea trials on Dec. 21, 2018.

During the trials, the shipbuilders will check the warship’s systems: from the propulsion unit to electrical equipment and the navigation, damage control and crew rescue system, TASS reported.

Admiral Kasatonov is named after Admiral Vladimir Afanasyevich Kasatonov, a Soviet military leader.

The keel of the ship was laid down on Nov. 26, 2009 at Severnaya Verf Shipyard in St. Petersburg in northwest Russia. The vessel was launched on Dec. 12, 2014.

Admiral Gorshkov-class frigates, also known as Project 22350, are designed by the Severnoye Design Bureau, Saint Petersburg. They are successor of the Project 1135 Burevestnik-class (NATO reporting name: Krivak) frigates.

Unlike their Soviet-era predecessors the new ships are designed to perform multiple roles. The ships are to be able to execute long-range strikes, conduct anti-submarine warfare and to carry out escort missions.

The Russian Navy has set a requirement for 20-30 such ships. The plan is to fully replace the older Project 956 Sovremenny class destroyers and Project 1135 Burevestnik class frigates in four Russian fleets.

The frigates displace 4,500 tonnes and can develop a speed of 29 knots. They are armed with P-800 Oniks and Kalibr anti-ship and land attack cruise missiles, and the Poliment-Redut air defense missile system.

The lead ship of this series, Admiral Gorshkov (417), was delivered to the Navy earlier this year and the construction of two more frigates (the Admiral Golovko and the Admiral Isakov) is under progress at Severnaya Verf Shipyard in St. Petersburg.

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