Seventh Project 20380 Corvette Launched in St. Petersburg

Rubric: Russia, Industry

Corvette Retivy, the seventh Project 20380 ship for the Russian Navy took the sea on March 12 at Severnaya Verf shipyard in Saint Petersburg, reported Mil.Press from the scene. The official ceremony started at 12:14, Moscow time.

The event was attended by the shipbuilders, designers and naval officials. Among the special guests were deputy defense minister Aleksey Krivoruchko, Russian Navy’s CIC Adm. Nikolai Yevmenov, president of United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) Aleksey Rakhmanov, Severnaya Verf CEO Igor Ponomaryov, and director general of Almaz Design Bureau Alexander Shlyakhtenko.

Launching of corvette Retivy (Project 20380)

"The backlog of Severnaya Verf will keep the shipyard loaded with contracts for the next ten years. We’re going to lay down a few frigates here soon", said Aleksey Krivoruchko at the ceremony.

According to Adm. Yevmenov, upon commissioning, Retivy will head for the home station at the Black Sea Fleet. "In the Navy, the corvettes of this class have proved as reliable combat units", he added.

In his turn, Aleksey Rakhmanov announced Severnaya Verf to become the USC’s regional leader in terms of combat ships construction.

As compared to the project’s lead ship, Retivy has undergone serious modifications; the ship’s design and equipment experienced performance-based improvements, emphasized Alexander Shlyakhtenko.

After launching, the corvette will move to the fitting quay. "It is our duty to hand the ship over to the navy on time", assured Igor Ponomaryov.

Retivy was keel-laid at Severnaya Verf on February 20, 2015, it is the seventh corvette built under Project 20380 for the Russian Navy. Earlier, the name of Retivy was borne by a Project 1135 patrol ship decommissioned in 1995. The corvette’s design is based on the radar signature reducing technologies. The composite materials and alloys for these ships were developed by Prometei Research Institute (St. Petersburg), and the superstructure was built by Sredne-Nevsky Shipyard.

In October 2017, the shipbuilders reported about completion of the hull formation for the new ship. In March 2018, they finished loading engines and reduction gears into the forward engine room. At that time, it was planned to launch the corvette in Q2 2019, and hand it over to the Navy in 2020.

For reference

Project 20380 corvettes are over 100 meters long and displace 2,220 tons. Operational range is up to 4,000 nautical miles. Weaponry includes Uran antiship missile system, Redut air defense system, torpedoes, powerful set of radar and electronic equipment, 100-mm gun mount AK-190, heavy machineguns and grenade launchers.

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