Petr Ilyichev is the sixth ship of the class for the Russian Navy. It will join the Pacific fleet.
By TASS Russian news agency
“Navy Commander-in-Chief Admiral Nikolai Yevmenov, USC board chair Georgy Poltavchenko, shipyard CEO Vladimir Seredokho, Almaz Design Bureau CEO Alexander Shlyakhtenko participated in the ceremony,”
The minesweeper left the slipway in January 2021. The shipyard installed the superstructure, the mast, antennas and general systems.
The trial team is preparing the warship for mooring trials. The Petr Ilyichev is join the Navy in late 2021.
The minesweeper was laid in July 2018. It is the fifth ship of the project built by the shipyard. The Alexander Obukhov, the Ivan Antonov, the Vladimir Yemelyanov, and the Yakov Balyaev have been handed over to the customer. The shipyard is building the Georgy Kurbatov, the Petr Ilyichev, the Anatoly Shlemov, and the Lev Chernavin.
The Alexander Obukhov operates in the Baltic fleet. The Ivan Antonov and the Vladimir Yemelyanov serve in the Black Sea fleet. The Yakov Balyaev joined the Pacific fleet in late 2020.
The crew of the Petr Ilyichev completed training in the Navy center.
Minesweepers of project 12700 have the biggest fiberglass hull in the world. It is highly durable against steel hulls and ensures better survivability. The service life of monolith fiberglass hull is longer than that of low-magnetic steel and the weight of the hull is considerably lower. The displacement is close to 900 tons, the length is over 60 meters and the width is 10 meters. The speed is 16.5 knots. The crew comprises 44 men. The ship can operate various sweeps and remotely guided and unmanned underwater craft.