TASS; May 17, 23:23
The Baltic Fleet will be replenished with new small missile ships in 2022
More than 30 various exercises planned in the Baltic Sea before the end of the year
KALININGRAD, May 18. /TASS/. New modern small missile ships of project 22800 and 21631 will enter the Baltic Fleet (BF) in 2022, the press service of the fleet reported in connection with the 319th anniversary of the formation of the Baltic Fleet celebrated on May 18.
"The Baltic Fleet is expecting the arrival of new warships by the end of 2022. In particular, we are talking about modern small missile ships of project 22800 Karakurt and 21631 Buyan-M. They have already been launched at shipbuilding plants and are being prepared for testing," - said the press service with reference to the commander of the Baltic Fleet, Vice Admiral Viktor Liina, without specifying the number of ships that will replenish the combat strength of the fleet.
The press service also noted that the Fleet's patrol ship is completing a complex of tests after a deep modernization in the naval testing grounds of the Navy. After their completion, he will return to the fleet and continue to perform tasks in accordance with his intended purpose as part of a formation of surface ships.
As previously reported, the Neustrashimy frigate, which was repaired and modernized at the Yantar Baltic shipbuilding plant in Kaliningrad, successfully carried out artillery and rocket firing in the Baltic sea ranges.
Until the end of 2022, the Baltic Fleet (BF) plans to conduct more than 30 exercises in the Baltic Sea.
"By the end of the year, ships of the Baltic Fleet will take part in more than 30 exercises of various directions in the Baltic Sea, as well as in international exercises that will be held in various areas of the World Ocean," the press service said, citing the commander of the Baltic Fleet, Vice- Admiral Viktor Lin. They did not specify which countries would take part in the international maneuvers.
It is noted that in addition to ships and support vessels, coastal units, aircraft and helicopters of naval aviation will be involved in the exercises in the area of responsibility of the Baltic Fleet. In addition, the press service said, the ships will make several trips, including to the far sea zone.
According to the press service, the planned intensity of the fleet's combat training in the winter training period increased by 42%. Surface ships and support vessels traveled about 100,000 nautical miles. Currently, several ships of the fleet are successfully solving assigned tasks in the far sea zone. The crews of the fleet's naval aviation flew over 3,500 hours during the winter period, which significantly exceeded last year's figures.
"Karakurt" and "Buyan-M"
Project 22800 small missile ships are equipped with the Caliber high-precision complex with cruise missiles, modern control systems, electronic weapons, radio communications, navigation, electronic warfare and countermeasures, anti-sabotage weapons, portable anti-aircraft missile systems. The ships are intended for operations as part of detachments and groupings of warships, as well as singly.
Small rocket ships (corvettes) of project 21631 (code "Buyan-M") are Russian multi-purpose rocket and artillery ships of a new generation. Designed to carry out patrol service for the protection of the sea area in open coastal waters of the seas, oceans, inland seas and on navigable rivers. The main strike armament (caliber-NK missile launcher) makes it possible to hit not only enemy surface ships, but also ground targets located at a considerable distance from the coastline.