By TASS Russian news agency
“The flag-raising ceremony took place in Baltiysk onboard the advanced Project 12700 minesweeper Georgy Kurbatov built for the Russian Navy by the Sredne-Nevsky Shipyard,” the press office said.
As it was reported earlier, the Georgy Kurbatov will join the 68th sea area defense brigade of the Black Sea Fleet.
The press office told TASS that the new ship had passed all the trials, including state tests, at Baltic Fleet sea ranges.
The ship will sail to its permanent base from Baltiysk, the press office said without specifying the cruise start date.
The first serial Project 12700 minesweeper Georgy Kurbatov was laid down in 2015, launched in September 2020 and was expected to be handed over to the Navy in late 2021.
The minesweeper was initially planned to join the Navy in the fourth quarter of 2016, however the warship caught fire on June 7, 2016. Six hundred square meters of internal coating were ablaze and the fire was rated 3 out of five possible points. The fire delayed the commissioning by several years.