He was addressing the media after a gala laying-in of the "Astrakhan" gunboat.
The "Astrakhan" will guard Russia's 200 mile coastal economic zone. The Caspian Flotilla expects to receive the vessel in the last quarter-year 2005.
The third millennium's first warship built for the Russian Navy, the "Astrakhan" was designed by the Zelenodolsk R&D bureau.
The Almaz won a tender last spring to build a cutter for the Russian Navy.