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    ST. PETERSBURG, May 5 (RIA Novosti) - St. Petersburg's Severnaya Verf shipyard Tuesday launched a new surface ship for the Russian navy.

    The Steregushchy corvette is the first in the Project 20380 series designed by the Almaz Central Marine Design Bureau and being built at the shipyard.

    Navy Commander Admiral Vladimir Masorin said at the launch ceremony that the event marked the beginning of a new stage in the development of Russian military shipbuilding.

    "Russia must maintain its Navy," he said, adding that the construction of new combat ships would ensure security at sea and global stability.

    The construction of other two ships of the same series, the Boyky and the Soobrazitelny, is in its initial stages.

    St. Petersburg Governor Valentina Matvienko said Almaz specialists had also designed an export version of the new corvette.

    The Project 20380 corvette can be deployed to destroy enemy surface ships, submarines and aircraft, and to provide artillery support for beach landings. It uses stealth technology to reduce the ship's secondary radar field, as well as its acoustic, infrared, magnetic and visual signatures.

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