The minesweeper of Project 12700 Georgy Kurbatov, recovered after the fire, will be launched in June, the preparation of the ship has already begun. Mil.Press FlotProm reports this, citing a source familiar with the situation.
According to the source, at the Sredne-Nevsky shipyard, preparations are underway for launching the minesweeper Georgy Kurbatov, the ceremony is scheduled for June. After the descent, the ship will be completed afloat and after passing the tests will become part of the Naval fleet.
It is clarified that the transfer of the ship was scheduled for the end of the year, but due to the suspension of production due to the coronavirus, it can be shifted to the right for several weeks and pass at the beginning of 2021.
"George Kurbatov" is the first production minesweeper of the project 12700, laid down after the lead ship of the series "Alexander Obukhov". The body was poured on February 26, 2015, and the official bookmark on April 24, 2015. The launch was scheduled for September 2017, but on June 7, 2016, a fire occurred on the ship, affecting about 600 square meters. meters. The fire significantly damaged parts of the casing of both sides above the upper deck, the deck of the forecastle, part of the VP deck with its reinforcing set, and other connections between the 10th and 90th frames. After that, it was decided to postpone the construction of the ship.
In addition to launching Georgy Kurbatov, the eighth minesweeper of project 12700 is planned to be laid at the Shipyard for June-July this year. According to previously announced plans, the company wanted to lay the minesweeper in June, but the spread of coronavirus infection made its own corrections and the minesweeper could be laid in early July.
The minesweeper planned for the tab will be the last ship built as part of the first series. Starting from the ninth, the minesweepers of this project will be built taking into account the changes made to the project during the operation of the first ships. Most changes will affect the automation of mine action weapons.
Minesweepers of the 12700 project are able to use the latest hydroacoustic stations located both on the ship itself and on remote-controlled and autonomous underwater vehicles, and they have an automated mine action control system. Able to use traditional and traditional weapons. The ships of the Alexandrite series have a unique hull made of monolithic fiberglass, formed by vacuum infusion.
The 12700 project was developed by the Almaz Central Marine Design Bureau for the Russian Navy. These mine defense ships have a displacement of about 890 tons, the length is 62 meters and the width of 10 meters, the crew has 44 man.