Construction of a Project 11356 frigate was launched at the Yantar shipyard in Russia’s Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad on Wednesday.
The Krivak IV class Admiral Makarov frigate is the last in a series of three frigates the shipyard is building under a contract with the Russian Defense Ministry.
The ceremony was attended by Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who said that Russia “must have a powerful navy.”
The first two ships in the series, the Admiral Grigorovich and the Admiral Essen, are at different stages of completion.
All three warships are expected to be delivered to the Russian Navy in 2013-2014.
In 2011, the Yantar shipyard received a new order for another three Krivak IV class frigates.
A Krivak IV class frigate carries a 100-mm gun, a Shtil medium-range air defense system, Club-N supersonic anti-ship missiles, two Kashtan point defense systems, two twin 533-mm torpedo launchers, and an anti-submarine warfare helicopter.