The new Project 12700 mine defense ship (minesweeper) Yakov Balyaev, performing an inter-fleet passage from St. Petersburg to Vladivostok, successfully crossed the Northern Sea Route. The press service of the Pacific Fleet reports.
The minesweeper left St. Petersburg at the end of July and began the transition to Vladivostok, where sea and state tests of the ship will take place, as a result of which Yakov Balyaev will join the Pacific Ocean fleet and will serve in Kamchatka. It is planned that the ship will arrive in Vladivostok in the first decade of October. Let us clarify that the minesweeper will travel all the way from the Baltic to its destination in tow. The towing is carried out by the sea tug "Antey".
The newest mine defense ship "Yakov Balyaev" of project 12700, which is moving from St. Petersburg to the Pacific Fleet, has completed the passage of the Northern Sea Route and will arrive in Vladivostok in the first decade of October
- said in a statement.
It is noted that the passage of "Yakov Balyaev" along the Northern Sea Route was the first in stories such a transition of a ship with a fiberglass hull.
Earlier, the Northern Sea Route carried out the sea tug of project 23470 "Andrey Stepanov", also intended for the Pacific Fleet.
Marine minesweeper "Yakov Balyaev" is the fourth serial (fifth in a row) ship, which was laid down on the stocks of the plant, however, due to a fire on the first serial minesweeper "Georgy Kurbatov", "Yakov Balyaev" became the fourth mine defense ship in the line of project 12700 "Alexandrite".
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.