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Russian Navy to Receive Georgy Kurbatov Minesweeper in 2019

The Georgy Kurbatov minesweeper will join the Russian navy in 2019.

ST. PETERSBURG (Sputnik) — Russia's Sredne-Nevsky Shipyard, part of the United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC), will supply the Russian Navy with the Georgy Kurbatov minesweeper in 2019, Vladimir Seredokho, the company's General Director, said Thursday.

"As for the Georgy Kurbatov, we enter the construction stage. We will launch it in spring 2019… The Navy is expected to receive [the ship] in 2019," Seredokho said.

According to the shipyard's head, in 2018 the Russian Navy will get a similar ship, the Ivan Antonov.

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The Russian Defense Ministry plans to receive a total of 40 minesweepers of the Project 12700 ship class by 2030-2050, the head of the Navy Ship Building Directorate of the Russian Defense Ministry, Vladimir Tryapichnikov, said earlier in the day.

The ships, designed by the Almaz Central Marine Design Bureau, also part of USC, will be used for the protection of naval bases and coastal areas from mines, as well as for mine detection and destruction. They will also escort military ships to ensure their defense during voyages.

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