Algeria and Russia conduct naval exercise to strengthen their relations

According to information published by the Algerian MoD on October 19, 2022, To strengthen bilateral military relations between the Algerian and Russian navies, a detachment of warships, including the corvette Stoikiy, has docked in Algiers.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Russian Project 20380 corvette Stoikiy, Algiers. (Picture source: Algerian MoD)

Algeria currently enjoys very strong relations with Russia. Throughout the Algerian War of Independence, the Soviet Union had been providing military, technical and material assistance to Algeria.

The USSR was the first country in the world to de facto recognize the Provisional Government of the Algerian Republic in October 1960, and then de jure on March 23, 1962, by establishing diplomatic relations with this country (a few months before the official proclamation of its independence).

About the corvette Stoikiy

Stoikiy is a Steregushchiy-class corvette of the Russian Navy. Stoikiy was laid down on 10 November 2006, and launched on 30 May 2012 by Severnaya Verf in Saint Petersburg.

She was commissioned on 18 July 2014. On 21 January 2014, she completed the first stage of sea trial and on the 24th, arrived at the Naval Base Baltiysk.

The Steregushchiy-class corvettes have a steel hull and composite material superstructure, with a bulbous bow and nine watertight subdivisions. They have a combined bridge and command centre, and space and weight provision for eight SS-N-25 missiles.

Stealth technology was widely used during construction of the ships, as well as 21 patents and 14 new computer programs. The newest physical field reduction solutions were applied too.

As a result, designers considerably reduced the ship's radar signature thanks to hull architecture and fire-resistant radar-absorbent fiberglass applied in the tophamper's design.

The Kashtan CIWS on the first ship was replaced in subsequent vessels by 12 Redut VLS cells containing 9M96E medium-range SAMs of the S-400 system. SS-N-27 (Kalibr type missiles) will be fitted to a larger domestic version, Project 20385.