In St. Petersburg, the project 12700 mine defense ship (code "Alexandrite") Georgy Kurbatov was launched. The ceremony took place at the Sredne-Nevsky shipyard, which built the minesweeper.
According to the general director of the shipyard Vladimir Seredokho, "Georgy Kurbatov" is the second minesweeper of this project, launched at the enterprise this year. The third is planned to be launched in December.
Today we are all witnessing the descent of the Project 12700 ship, the Georgy Kurbatov minesweeper. The ships of this series have already been shown on the battlefield. navy exceptional reliability and performance of all tasks inherent in this project
- said the head of the technical department of the Russian Navy, Rear Admiral Igor Zvarich.
After completing the construction and passing the relevant tests, the minesweeper Georgy Kurbatov will enter the Black Sea Fleet.
"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.
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.