Azerbaijan Naval Forces hold tactical exercises

According to information published by the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Azerbaijan on June 24, 2021, the Naval Forces held tactical exercises in accordance with the combat training plan approved by the Minister of Defense, Zakir Hasanov.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Petya-class frigate ARG Gusar (Picture source: Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Azerbaijan)

During the exercises, the skills of commanders and staff in organizing combat activity and managing forces in battle were improved. The goal was achieved and the tasks were successfully completed. The Petya class frigate ARG Gusar participated in these tactical exercises.

In the course of summing up the results, the commanding staff highly appreciated the participation of the military personnel of the Naval Forces in the exercises.

The frigate ARG GUSAR (G121) was built at Pribaltiyskiy Shipyard Yantar at Kaliningrad for the Soviet Navy as one from Project 159A.

The Petya class was the NATO reporting name for a class of light frigates designed in the 1950s and built for the Soviet Navy in the 1960s. The Soviet designation was "Storozhevoi Korabl" Project 159.

The ships had a length of 81.8 m (Petya-I-Klasse and Petya-I-Mod) or 82.5 m (Petya-II-Klasse and Petya-II-Mod). The width of all variants was 9.1 m. All ships also had a draft of 2.9 m. The water displacement was therefore only slightly changed. For the ships of the Petya-I-Class and Petya-I-Mod it was 950 t standard and 1150 t fully loaded. On the ships of the Petya II class and Petya II Mod 950 t standard and 1160 t fully loaded.

All variants of the Petya class were driven by a CODAG system. It consisted of a diesel engine with approx. 6,000 HP and two gas turbines with 30,000 HP. The ships reached a maximum speed of over 30 knots. The maximum range at an ideal speed of 10 knots was approximately 4,870 nautical miles.