Russian Navy to get 18 new class corvettes

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Russia’s first new class corvette of Project 22800 for the naval forces will be laid down by the end of the current year, and the Navy will get a total of 18 such ships, Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy Admiral Viktor Chirkov said on Wednesday.

“To keep the pace of ship construction, we’ll replace, for example, [Project] 11356 by building a new series of vessels – small missile ships, corvettes armed with cruise missiles – [Project] 22800. This work is being done today, and we hope that by the end of the year we’ll be able to lay down the first ship,” Chirkov said at the St. Petersburg International Maritime Defence Show (IMDS-2015).

“The ship’s design is to be completed by the end of the month,” Admiral Chirkov said, adding that the Almaz Central Marine Design Bureau is engaged in the project.

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