The base minesweeper "Georgy Kurbatov" of project 12700 was put into operation
August 21st, 6:45
As reported by the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, on August 20, 2021 in Baltiysk, a ceremony was held to raise the Navy flag and enter the mine defense ship (base minesweeper) Georgy Kurbatov of project 12700 (code Alexandrite) into the Russian Navy with serial number 522, built at JSC "Sredne-Nevsky Shipbuilding Plant" (SNSZ, part of JSC "United Shipbuilding Corporation" - USC) in St. Petersburg. The minesweeper is enlisted in the Black Sea Fleet. This is the fifth Project 12700 ship commissioned by the Russian Navy. Project 12700 base minesweeper Georgy Kurbatov (serial number 522) before the commissioning ceremony for the Russian Navy. Baltiysk, 08/20/2021 (c) Vitaly Nevar / TASSOn the part of bmpd,
recall that the minesweeper Georgy Kurbatov (serial number 522) was originally the second ship of Project 12700 (and the first serial one). The minesweeper was officially laid down at SNSZ on April 24, 2015, but the ship's hull was seriously damaged in a fire on June 7, 2016, after which it was almost completely restored. As a result, Georgy Kurbatov was withdrawn from the SNSZ slipway in June 2020 and launched on September 30, 2020. The minesweeper left for factory sea trials on June 1, 2021.
"Georgy Kurbatov" was the first minesweeper under construction under a contract signed by SNSZ inApril 2014 with the Russian Ministry of Defense for the construction of the first three serial ships of Project 12700 (serial numbers 522 - 524). As a result of the fire on Georgy Kurbatov , the mine-sweeper Ivan Antonov (serial number 523) , laid down by the second on January 25, 2017, became the first serial ship of Project 12700, and was launched on April 25, 2018 and put into operation by the Russian Navy on January 26, 2019 of the year and, having entered the Black Sea Fleet, arrived in Sevastopol on September 7, 2019. The third built ship of Project 12700 was "Vladimir Emelyanov" (serial number 524), laid down at SNSZ on January 25, 2017,
launched on May 30, 2019 and transferred to the Russian Navy on December 28, 2019, with enrollment in the Black Sea Fleet. However, then the ship defended for a long time in Kronstadt due to the failure of one of the main engines, and only in August 2021 went into transition to the Black Sea.
Prior to that, SNSZ, under a contract with the Russian Ministry of Defense dated March 30, 2007, renegotiated on June 10, 2014, carried out the construction of the head minesweeper of Project 12700 "Alexander Obukhov" (serial number 521). The minesweeper "Alexander Obukhov" was started by construction at SNSZ in 2007, officially laid down on September 22, 2011, launched on June 27, 2014, and beganfactory sea trials on April 29, 2016. The transfer of "Alexander Obukhov" to the Russian Navy took place in Kronstadt on December 9, 2016, the ship is part of the Baltic Fleet.
In 2016, SNSZ signed another contract with the Russian Ministry of Defense for three serial mine- action ships of Project 12700 (serial numbers 525 - 527). An official welcoming ceremony of the head tab for this contract trawler 'Yakov Bala " (serial number 525) was made on SNSZ December 26, 2017, and the descent of the water was carried out there January 29, 2020. From August 3 to October 22, 2020, the transfer was mademinesweeper from Kronstadt around Europe to Murmansk and further by the Northern Sea Route to Vladivostok for factory sea trials and State tests. The translation was carried out by the sea tug "Antey" of the Russian company "Northern Alliance" LLC. Factory sea trials of the minesweeper Yakov Balyaev began in Vladivostok on November 12, 2020, and on December 26, 2020, the ship entered the Pacific Fleet, becoming the fourth Project 12700 minesweeper in the Navy. The second minesweeper under this contract "Pyotr Ilyichev" (serial number 526) was laid down at SNSZ on July 25, 2018 and launched on April 28, 2021. The third ship "Anatoly Shlemov"
(serial number 527) was laid down on 12 July 2019. On July 24, 2020, the laying ceremony of the Lev Chernavin minesweeper (serial number 528) was also held at SNSZ . At the laying ceremony for the minesweeper Yakov Balyaev on December 26, 2017, the Deputy Head of the Shipbuilding Directorate of the Russian Navy, Captain 1st Rank Mikhail Krasnopeev, said that the Russian Navy expects until 2027 [that is, according to the State Arms Program for 2018-2027] receive 10 ships of Project 12700. In turn, speaking on May 30, 2019 during the launching ceremony of the Vladimir Yemelyanov minesweeper ,
General Director of the project developer Almaz Central Marine Design Bureau Alexander Shlyakhtenko said that starting from the ninth hull (that is, from the serial number 529), the mine defense ships of Project 12700 (Alexandrite) will be changed, and the ship will receive "a completely new quality. " On August 25, 2020, at the Army-2020 International Military-Technical Forum, the Russian Ministry of Defense signed a contract with SNSZ for the construction of two modernized minesweepers of Project 12700 (with presumptive serial numbers 529 and 530).
Initially, the ships of Project 12700 were listed in the Navy Russian basic minesweepers, then were reclassified into sea minesweepers, but, according to unofficial reports,have recently been transferred again by the decision of the command of the Navy in the subclass of basic minesweepers.