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Newest Russian mine-sweeping ship Yakov Balyaev in final test phase


The newest Russian mine-sweeping ship "Yakov Balyaev" assigned to the Pacific Fleet entered the Sea of Japan for the final stage of factory running and state tests, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced on December 7 on its website.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Mine-sweeping ship project 12700 "Yakov Balyaev" (Picture source: Russian MoD)


At sea, the crew, together with industry representatives, will finally confirm the operability of the minesweeper's systems and mechanisms, and will test the ship's weapons. It is planned that on December 26, the minesweeper will officially become part of the Pacific Fleet.

The minesweeper "Yakov Balyaev" is the fifth in the series of project 12700 and the fourth serial ship of this project. It is named in honor of the Hero of the Soviet Union, sailor of the Pacific Fleet Marine Corps Yakov Illarionovich Balyaev.

The new ship has a hull made of monolithic fiberglass, equipped with modern hydroacoustic stations and an automated mine action control system. Displacement : 890 tons. Length : 62 m. Width : 10 m. Mximum speed : 16 knots. Crew : 44 people.