09:23 GMT09 July 2020
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    Russia’s Admiral Grigorovich Project 11356 frigate will leave the Baltic Fleet base in the western seaport town of Baltiysk to sail to its permanent Black Sea base in Sevastopol, the Ministry of Defense said in a statement Friday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Admiral Grigorovich is expected to arrive in Sevastopol in late May, Fedotenkov added.

    "We inspected the professionalism of the vessel’s crew, the logistical readiness for inter-fleet transition. The ship is ready to perform the task of transitioning to a permanent base in the Black Sea Fleet," Deputy Navy Commander Vice Adm. Alexander Fedotenkov said.

    In service since March 10, the Admiral Grigorovich is the first of six planned Project 11356 frigates, three of which are due to be delivered to the Defense Ministry by 2017.

    The Project 11356 frigates, displacing 3,850 tons and with a complement of 180, are designed for anti-ship and anti-submarine warfare as well as for air defense missions, operating both independently or as part of convoys and naval task forces.

    The frigates are armed with an eight-cell launcher for the Kalibr and Klub (3M54E) anti-ship and surface-to-surface missiles, the Kashtan gun/missile close-in air defense systems, the Shtil vertical-launch air defense systems, an anti-submarine rocket system and a Ka-28 or Ka-31 helicopter, according to defense experts.


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