Russian Navy Lastest Mine Counter Measure Vessel Alexander Obukhov Started Sea Trials

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Russian Navy Lastest Mine Counter Measure Vessel Alexander Obukhov Started Sea Trials
 
The Project 12700 lead Mine Counter Measure Vessel (MCMV) Alexander Obukhov was towed in late April 2016 from Kronstadt to the Baltic Sea where it set going on its own to undergo shipbuilder’s trials, the online media organization VPK.name said on Wednesday.
     
The Project 12700 lead Mine Counter Measure Vessel (MCMV) Alexander Obukhov was towed in late April 2016 from Kronstadt to the Baltic Sea where it set going on its own to undergo shipbuilder’s trials, the online media organization VPK.name said on Wednesday.
Project 12700 lead Mine Counter Measure Vessel (MCMV) Alexander Obukhov. Picture: Curious / forums.airbase.ru
     
The Project 12700 mine sweeper Alexander Obukhov was built for the Navy by the Sredne-Nevsky Shipyard, part of Russia’s United Ship-Building Corporation.

The mine sweeper Alexander Obukhov was transferred from the Sredne-Nevsky Shipyard to Kronstadt in July 2015, from which it was towed to Baltiysk to take part in a naval parade on the occasion of Navy Day.

In early August 2015, the mine sweeper Alexander Obukhov was towed from Baltiysk to the Sredne-Nevsky Shipyard in St. Petersburg in northwest Russia again to complete its equipping.

On December 2, 2015, the mine sweeper Alexander Obukhov was towed from the shipyard to Kronstadt again but did not start undergoing shipbuilders’ trials and stayed in Kronstadt during the whole winter.
France’s refusal to deliver countermine equipment to Russia due to the Western sanctions was officially named as the main reason for the delay of the ship’s trials.

The Sredne-Nevsky Shipyard started preparations for the construction of the new-generation Project 12700 Alexandrit-class lead mine sweeper in 2002.

The Sredne-Nevsky Shipyard signed a contract with Russia’s Defense Ministry on March 30, 2007 to carry out R&D works to construct the Project 12700 lead ship.

The mine sweeper Alexander Obukhov (factory number No. 521) was laid down at the Sredne-Nevsky Shipyard on September 22, 2011.

The mine sweeper with a displacement of about 800 tons has the world’s biggest hull made of monolith fiberglass obtained with the use of the vacuum infusion method.

The mine sweeper’s hull was fully developed in the matrix in December 2012, brought to an open area from the fitting-out workshop on March 26, 2014 and put afloat on June 27, 2014.

The mine sweeper started undergoing dock trials on February 1, 2015. The ship took part in the International Naval Show in St. Petersburg on July 1-5, 2015 and Navy Day in Baltiysk in late July.

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