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Project 20381 Steregushchy Corvette - Program

The construction of the multi-purpose patrol ship got underway on the stocks of the "Severnaya Verf" shipyard in St. Petersburg in December 2001. The second hull, Soobrazitelny, was laid down on 20 May 2003. Russian Navy Commander-in-Chief Adm. Vladimir Kuroyedov said at the keel-laying ceremony said that at least 20 of the corvettes would be built. The building of the second corvette in the series, Soobrazitelny, was delayed due to lack of funds. By 2005 the ship's hull has been completed.

Russian Navy orders for the Project 2038.0 2000-ton Steregushchy class corvette signaled a recovery for domestic naval business. On 24 July 2004 RIA Novosti reported that Navy Commander-in-Chief Vladimir Kuroyedov said that smaller surface vessels and boats will have to be discarded first, as their service life is shorter than that of larger vessels. "The first-born of our surface shipbuilding is the corvette - a new multifunctional littoral combat ship, which combines qualities of anti-submarine ships and missile carriers," the Russian Navy chief said, citing the Steregushchy and the Soobrazitelny by way of example.

Laying down a keel of the third ship in the series, Boyki, took place at Severnaya Verf on 27 July 2005. On 13 November 2006 St. Petersburg's Severnaya Verf shipyard laid the keel of the Stoiky corvette for Russia's Navy. The Stoiky was the fourth corvette of the Project 20380 series, after the Steregushchy, the Soobrazitelny and the Boiky, designed by the Almaz Central Marine Design Bureau and built at the Severnaya Verf shipyard. Deputy Navy Commander Mikhail Zakharenko, who took part in the keel-laying ceremony, said that the first ship built in the series, the Steregushchy corvette, shipped out the same day for testing.

Corvette Bojkiy (project 20380) is a multi-purpose vessel was laid down in January 2006 at Amur shipyard for the Russian Navy. Project 20380 was designed in the end of the 1990s by Central marine design bureau Almaz. Previously such corvettes were built only in St Petersburg. Corvette with displacement of 2000 tones will carry a modern complex of anti-submarine, anti-aircraft rocket systems. The tender on construction of the vessels was won by the shipyard in December 2005. The agreement also has an option of construction of 6 more corvettes by 2017.

At the beginning of 2005 there were about 30 ships and boats of various types under construction for the Russian Navy, including two Project 20380 corvettes. New work during 2005 included laying the third Project 20380 corvette. As of mid-2005 JSC Shipbuilding plant "Severnaya Verf" shipyard (St. Petersburg) expected to launch lead corvette Steregushchi in early 2006. Earlier reports had claimed that the first ship of the series had "joined the Russian Navy" in 2005, but in fact it was not launched until late 2006.

In January 2006 it was agreed to systematize the equipping of the Russian military via the GPV-2015 program plan. The construction of 5 new frigates - mentioned also as project-22350 - with gas and diesel turbines and finally 20 corvettes under the scope of project-20380 will strengthen the fleet. In July 2006 it was reported that Vladislav Putilin, the deputy chairman of the Military-Industrial Commission, stated that under the Russian State Armaments Program for 2007-2015, the Navy will receive five Project 20380 corvettes.

On 16 May 2006 St. Petersburg's Severnaya Verf shipyard launched a new surface ship for the Russian Navy after five years of construction. The Steregushchy sea-going patrol ship (corvette) is the first in the Project 20380 series designed by the Almaz Central Marine Design Bureau and being built at the shipyard. Navy Commander Admiral Vladimir Masorin said at the launch ceremony that the event marked the beginning of a new stage in the development of Russian military shipbuilding. At that time the construction of other two ships of the same series, the Boyky and the Soobrazitelny, was in its early stages. "Russia must maintain its Navy," Admiral Masorin said, adding that Russia planned to launch a new ship in each design series every year starting in 2006, and that construction of new combat ships will ensure security at sea and global stability. "Ships of this series [project 20380] will also help ensure Russia's energy security," Masorin said. The Steregushchy corvette, shipped out on 10 November 2006 for testing.

On 09 February 2006 Itar-Tass reported that Russia's Navy was planning to order some 40 corvettes, ten for each fleet. The first two corvettes would be given to the Northern and Baltic Fleets. In July 2006 Konstantin Lantratov, Reporter for Kommersant Daily, reported that Vladislav Putilin, the deputy chairman of the Military-Industrial Commission, said that under the Russian State Armaments Program for 2007-2015 the Navy would receive five Project 20380 corvettes.

The newest Project 20380 Sovershenny multirole sea-going patrol ship (corvette) was laid down at the Amur Shipyard in May 2006. The ceremony was undertaken in honor of the shipyards 70th anniversary. On 10 November 2006 St. Petersburg's Severnaya Verf shipyard laid the keel of the Stoiky corvette for Russia's Navy. The Stoiky will be the fourth corvette of the Project 20380 series, after the Steregushchy, the Soobrazitelny and the Boiky, designed by the Almaz Central Marine Design Bureau and built at the shipyard.

The ceremony for the signing of the purchase-sale agreement for the Steregushchy (Guardian) was "signed" [commissioned] on 14 November 2007. Due to delays in financing, it took six years to build the new ship and no more of them will be ready for at least four more years. In the time it took to build this one, which was originally expected to be completed in 2004, its cost jumped from 1.8 billion rubles to 7 billion rubles.

The Stereguschiy was on display in June 2007 at the International Maritime Defense Show (IMDS) in St. Petersburg. It was scheduled to be commissioned in November 2007 following sea trials. According to the Armaments Program to 2010, five such vessels were intended to join the Russian Navy by 2010 at one year intervals. The Russian National Defense Procurement for 2007 anticipated the addition of 5 Steregushchy-class corvettes to the Navy. The Steregushiy was expected to complete its trials and tests before being transferred to the navy. An additional 4 vessels, the Boykiy, the Soobraznitel'niy, the Sovershenniy, and the Stoykiy, were also purchased. All in all a total of ten to twenty are planned. The Russian Navy was optimistic that it can build 10 Project 2038.0 corvettes due to the dramatic increase in funds for construction and procurement in 2006-2007.

By 2007 there were possiblly as many as five of them under construction, 3 at Severnaya Verf and 2 at Zelenodolsk. One more -- Soobrazitelny -- had been launched and was undergoing trials. By the end of 2007 three ships were under construction at Northern Wharf and one for the Pacific Fleet at the Amur Shipbuilding Plant. The next ships of this model would be ready only in 2011 because priority was being given to the construction of strategic nuclear submarines at Sevmashpredpriyatia. According to one source Stereguschy was already allocated to the Caspian flotilla, and one more was expected to join it; others will go to other fleets.

The first Project 20380 corvette, the Steregushchy, entered service with Russia's Baltic Fleet in October 2008. The second, the Soobrazitelny, was launched on 31 March 2010 at the Shipbuilding Yard Severnaya Verf, Saint-Petersburg. Soobrazitelny refers to a series of project 20380 corvettes. It is the second of four corvettes being constructed at the yard (the leading was the corvette Stereguschy) by the order of VMF of Russia. The ship was laid down in May 2003. The third order, corvette Boyky, was laid down in July, 2005, the fourth, corvette Stoyky, in November, 2006. As of August 2010 two other ships of the same series, the Boyky and the Stoyky, were under construction. As of May 2011 Severnaya Verf was currently fulfilling 75 percent of state orders for the construction of warships for all four Russian fleets. The shipyard had four Steregushchy class corvettes on stocks.

The majority of warships in the Russian Black Sea Fleet have been in service for over 30 years and would not be fit for sea missions by 2015, a Russian newspaper said 03 April 2010. The official said the only solution for the looming crisis would be the construction of at least a dozen of Project 20380 corvettes which have been designed to protect Russia's coastal waters and oil and gas sea transportation routes, especially in the Baltic Sea and the Black Sea.

The four Project 20380 corvettes will cost a billion dollars, while four Project 22350 frigates will have a price tag of about two billion dollars (assuming that Russia will buy equal numbers of these ships). The other units - small artillery ships, missile boats, trawlers and submarines will cost another three billion dollars. All in all, re-equipping the Black Sea Fleet will cost about six billion dollars over the next 10 to 12 years.

St. Petersburg's Severnaya Verf shipyard delivered a new stealth corvette to the Russian Navy at an official ceremony on 14 October 2011. The Soobrazitelny is the second Project 20380 or Steregushchy class corvette designed by the Almaz Central Marine Design Bureau. The corvette features innovative solutions regarding hull design, armament, communications and electronics, the shipyard said in a statement. The first Project 20380 corvette, the Steregushchy, was put into service with Russia's Baltic Fleet in October 2008, and two other ships of the same series, the Boyky and the Stoyky, are under construction.

On 17 February 2012 the Amur shipyard launched the construction of the corvette Gromky ["Loud"] 20380 (serial number 2102). The ceremony was attended welding the first joint of the chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Defense and Security Viktor Ozerov and Khabarovsk Territory Governor Vyacheslav Shport. "Loud" is the 7th corvette of Project 20380. When the new ship will be given to the Navy was not immediately specified. Construction on the project 20380 corvettes takes an average of 6 years. at that time the Russian fleet included two corvettes of the project: "Savvy", tail number 531, and "Guarding" bearing the number 530. The two corvettes were part of the Baltic Fleet. It was expected that in 2012, the Russian Navy will received the corvette "Courageous" - the third 20380, and in 2013 - "Steadfast". In 2015, it is planned to adopt the corvette "Perfect."

St. Petersburg's Severnaya Verf shipyard floated out a new stealth corvette for the Russian Navy at an official ceremony on 30 May 2012. The Stoyky was the fourth Project 20380 or Steregushchy class corvette designed by the Almaz Central Marine Design Bureau. The ship was expected to join Russias Baltic Fleet in November 2013 after a series of sea trials.

Russias newest Baltic Fleet warship, the Project 20380 Boiky corvette, was handed over to the Navy on 16 May 2013. The 20380 class, designed by the Almaz naval design bureau and built at St. Petersburg's Severnaya Verf shipyard, is optimized for antisubmarine and surface warfare and support for land operations. The class incorporates stealth technology, which has considerably reduced its radar and infrared signatures. The Boiky underwent a series of final tests at the beginning of this month, after completing sea trials. On April 1, the Boiky was sprinkled with holy water in a Russian Orthodox Christian blessing ceremony. A priest blessed the corvettes hull, weapons systems and superstructures, as well as the ships interior. The 20380 class can be equipped with Kh-35 anti-ship missiles and 3M-54 Klub cruise missiles, Kashtan anti-aircraft gun/missile systems, a main 100-mm gun and two 30-mm close-range air defense guns, as well as torpedo tubes, according to naval-technology.com. It also has a hangar and deck for operating a Kamov Ka-27 antisubmarine warfare helicopter, and is fitted with a Vinyetka-EM towed-array sonar.

The ceremonial ritual of the rise of the Russian Federation naval flag was held on 22 July 2017 at the newest corvette "Perfect", built at the Amur Shipyard for the Pacific Fleet, said Captain 2nd Rank Vladimir Matveyev, head of the information department of the VVO press service for the Pacific Fleet. "After the signing of the certificate of acceptance of the corvette from industry and the solemn ceremony of raising the flag, the ship was commissioned by the order of the Commander-in-Chief of the Navy to the Russian Navy and included in the combat composition of the Pacific Fleet.The meeting on the flag raising on the ship was attended by representatives of the Pacific Fleet Command, Edge and veterans of the Navy, "- said Matveyev.

Earlier, the corvette successfully passed factory running and state tests, during which all systems and armament of the ship were inspected. Corvette "Perfect" was the fourth serial [not counting the lead ship] corvette of the project 20380. The draft of the corvette was developed in the JSC "Almaz Central Marine Design Bureau." The project 20380 ship is intended for operations in the near sea zone and combat of surface ships and submarines of the enemy, as well as for artillery Support of sea assault in the course of amphibious operations.



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