Putin also took part in the ceremony
Speech by V. Putin at the ceremony of laying the patrol ship of the ice class Nikolai Zubov:
On the bmpd side,
Good afternoon, dear friends.
I am sincerely glad to welcome you and congratulate you on the laying of the new Russian warship Nikolai Zubov. This is a solemn, pleasant event for the Navy and for the Admiralty Shipyards enterprise. For 315 years, ships of various classes and purposes have been built here: from sailing ships to submarines and icebreakers, continue the business and traditions of many generations of talented, skilled shipbuilders, and increase the glory of Russia as a great sea power.
Today we are launching the construction of the second newest, unique in its characteristics, powerful ice class patrol ship. It was conceived, designed so as to serve in difficult, sometimes dangerous and unpredictable northern conditions, to efficiently solve the widest possible range of tasks, provide commercial shipping on the Northern Sea Route, scientific work and, of course, reliably protect our borders and Russia's national interests in arctic latitudes.
Pioneers, explorers of the Russian North, legendary polar scientists, naval officers could only dream of such a technique, such ships, courage, courage and will of which nature itself obeyed. One of them was Nikolai Nikolayevich Zubov, a strong, determined man, an explorer of the Arctic. His name, I am sure, will honor and will carry a new ship.
I emphasize that the further development of the Russian Navy in all its components has been and remains among our priorities. We will solve this strategic state task further in a consistent and high-quality manner. And we always count on experience, a high professional level, clear, well-coordinated work of labor collectives of both the Admiralty Shipyards and our other shipbuilding enterprises.
I sincerely wish good luck and success to everyone who will build this ship: engineers, workers, and, of course, its future crew. As they say, seven feet under the keel. Congratulations.
we recall that the project 23550 multifunctional ice-class patrol ship combines the functionality of a tugboat, patrol ship and an icebreaker capable of breaking ice up to 1.7 m thick. Project 23550 ships are designed to protect and monitor Arctic water resources; escort and towage to the port of detained ships; escort and support of support vessels; participation in rescue operations; transportation of special goods. Project 22350 was developed by JSC CMKB Almaz (part of USC).
The contract for the construction of a series of two patrol ships of project 23550 was signed by the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation with JSC Admiralty Shipyards on April 25, 2016. The construction of the head ship Ivan Papanin with serial number 02460 was launched at the Admiralty Shipyards in September 2016, the official laying ceremony was performed on April 19, 2017, and its launch on October 25, 2019.
The initial contract deadline for both ordered ships was the end of 2019 and the end of 2020, respectively. However, in 2018 and 2019, the Director General of Admiralty Shipyards JSC Alexander Buzakov said that, “due to financing”, under the revised terms of the contract, the head ice class patrol ship Ivan Papanin would be transferred to the Russian Navy only in 2023. The laying of the second patrol ship Nikolai Zubov, which was originally scheduled for the spring of 2018, was completed only now, with a deadline of delivery in 2024.
At the same time, during the launch ceremony on October 25, 2019, the head ship Ivan Papanin, Alexander Buzakov also said that two more ships of project 23550 would be built for the Border Service of the FSB of Russia.The main tactical and technical characteristics of the project 23550:
total displacement of about 9000 tons; length about 114 m; width about 20 m, draft about 6.0 m; full speed 18 knots; economic speed of 10 knots; crew / additional crew of about 60/50 people; autonomy of swimming about 70 days; navigation area - unlimited. Arctic ship category Arc7.Armament:
76-mm universal automatic artillery mount AK-176MA; portable air defense systems; helipad and helicopter hangar for basing a Ka-27 class helicopter and unmanned aerial vehicles; two high-speed assault boats of the Raptor type and one hovercraft of Project 23321 (of the Manul type). It is possible to equip ships with a containerized version of the Caliber-NK missile system.