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Russian shipyard builds body of another minesweeper of project 12700

Russian Sredne-Nevsky Shipyard began building the body of a new Alexandrite-class minesweeper of project 12700, the enterprise said.


Russian Sredne-Nevsky Shipyard began building the body of a new Alexandrite-class minesweeper of project 12700, the enterprise said.
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Russian shipyard builds body of another minesweeper of project 12700 925 001Launching at the Sredne-Nevsky Shipbuilding Plant in St. Petersburg, on 01/29/2020 of the Yakov Balyaev. (Picture source: Sredne-Nevsky Shipbuilding JSC)


"Fiberglass layers are bonded by a special substance under negative pressure in a hermetic frame with the shape of the future body. The process will take close to two days," it said.

The laying ceremony of the minesweeper will be held on July 24. It is named after Rear Admiral and submariner Lev Chernavin who was in command of the submarine formations of the Northern fleet. The Lev Chernavin will be the eighth minesweeper of project 12700 built by the shipyard.

Minesweepers of project 12700 have the biggest fibreglass hull in the world. It is highly durable against steel hulls and ensures better survivability. The service life of the monolith fibreglass hull is longer than that of low-magnetic steel and the weight of the hull is considerably lower.

The displacement is close to 900 tons, the length is over 60 meters and the width is 10 meters. The speed is 16.5 knots. The crew comprises 44 men. The ship can operate various sweeps and remotely guided and unmanned underwater craft.


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