Russian Navy to Expand Its Black Sea Fleet

The Russian Navy plans to expand its Black Sea Fleet with at least one Admiral Grigorovich-class patrol vessel this year.

The second warship of this project, Admiral Essen, should soon be launched from the Yantar shipbuilding plant in Kaliningrad. The shipyard expects to build six vessels of the same class in the near future.

Other vessels that will be added to the Black Sea Fleet include 2 small-sized missile ships “Zeleny Dol” and “Serpukhov”, and submarines “Novorossiysk” and “Rostov-on-Don” (project 636.3), which are the first in the series of 6 new diesel-electric submarines to be built for the Fleet. Also, in 2015 the Black Sea Fleet sailors will be introduced to a modern tug boat “Professor Nikolay Muru” (project 22870).

The Fleet received more than ten motor vessels and auxiliary ships over the past year and a half, among them anti-sabotage motor boats, speed patrol boats, diving boats and tugs.

Naval Today Staff, Image: Russian Ministry of Defence