Russian Navy’s Mediterranean grouping can get new Project 11356 frigates

The Admiral Makarov

The Admiral Makarov

MOSCOW, September 2. /TASS/. Project 11356 frigates will be capable of effective operation as part of a Russian standing naval force in the Mediterranean. They will be used for fighting pirates near Africa’s coast as well if need be, Capt. 1st Rank Vladimir Tryapichnikov, chief of the Russian Navy Shipbuilding Department, said on Wednesday.

“The endurance, self-contained operation capability and armament of Project 11356 escort ships along with their ability to carry Ka-27PL, Ka-27PS or Ka-31 shipborne helicopters fully meet Russian Navy requirements to the ships making up the Mediterranean naval task force,” Tryapichnikov said.

The Yantar shipyard in Kaliningrad set afloat the third Project 11356 frigate, the Admiral Makarov, in a ceremony on Wednesday. It is planned to enter the Russian Navy inventory in 2016, and the Navy will receive the first two ships in the series – the Admiral Grigorovich and Admiral Essen frigates – before the end of 2015.

The ships in the class have a displacement of 4,000 tons, a speed of up to 30 knots and an endurance of 30 days. They are armed, among other things, with the Kalibr-NK missile system and 100-mm A-190 versatile gun and air defense, torpedo and antisubmarine weapons as well. Each of the ships carries an antisubmarine warfare helicopter.


Russian Navy Frigate Ship Begins Passage Through Suez Canal: Ministry

Baltic Fleet frigates

Russia’s Baltic Fleet frigate ship, the Yaroslav Mudry, will head for its destination in the Mediterranean, where it will join the permanent Russian Navy task force in the region.


MOSCOW, December 18 (Sputnik) — Russia’s Baltic Fleet frigate ship, the Yaroslav Mudry, has begun its passage through the Suez Canal and is headed for the Mediterranean after drills in the Red Sea, the Western Military District said in a statement released Thursday.”After finishing the passage, the ship will head for its destination in the Mediterranean, where it will join the permanent Russian Navy task force in the region,” the statement said.

On Wednesday, the frigate carried out survivability military drills in the Red Sea.

The Yaroslav Mudry left the Russian Navy’s main base for its Baltic Fleet in the city of Baltiysk on August 9. The ship has traveled about 25,000 miles, calling at ports in Malta, Pakistan, Indonesia, Malaysia and several other countries.



Russia to build new ships for Vietnamese Navy on schedule

The new frigates for the foreign customer will have, in addition to the surface countermeasure systems, antisubmarine warfare equipment

Russian Gepard class frigate Tatarstan

Russian Gepard class frigate Tatarstan

“A couple of such frigates were built for Vietnam in earlier, now the second pair is being built that differs in the weapons and military equipment. The delivery deadline is late 2016,” chief engineer of the Zelenodolsk Design Bureau Yevgeny Matveyev said.

The designer said the new frigates for the foreign customer will have, in addition to the surface countermeasure systems, antisubmarine warfare equipment. “To date, there are no factors for non-fulfilment of the obligations, the shipbuilding is going on schedule,” Matveyev said.

The new pair of frigates differs from the previous ships by antisubmarine weapons and advanced high-performance propulsion system.

Two NATO warships enter Black Sea – source

Canada’s frigate Toronto and Spain’s frigate Almirante Juan de Borbon will take part in the international drill Sea Breeze-2014


MOSCOW, September 07 /ITAR-TASS/. Two NATO’s warships – Canada’s frigate Toronto and Spain’s frigate Almirante Juan de Borbon – have entered the Black Sea to take part in the international drill Sea Breeze-2014, a military diplomatic source told ITAR-TASS on Sunday.

“Both ships passed through Bosphorus and entered the Black Sea on Saturday evening,” the source said.

On Friday, September 3, another two NATO warships – as the French Navy Ship Commandant Birot and the U.S. destroyer Ross – entered the Black Sea. France’s ship Dupuy le Lome that had been staying in the Black Sea from August 16 left from the Mediterranean Sea on September 5.

“The NATO ships’ crews will conduct the Sea Breeze exercises from September 8 to September 10. It is expected that along with the four abovementioned ships the drills will involve Turkey’s frigate Oruc Reis, Romania’s frigate Regele Ferdinand and Georgia’s patrol boat Sukhumi,” the source added. “While staying in the Black Sea, the alliance’s warship may call at the ports of Constanta (Romania) and Odessa (Ukraine).”

According to the official website of the Ukrainian defence ministry, Ukraine will commission five warship and support vessels, and two border service’s boats to the exercises. Apart from that, the drills will involve planes and helicopters of the Ukrainian armed forces’ naval aviation. The drills will be monitored by observers from a number of countries, namely Georgia, Norway, Sweden and France.

In line with the Montreaux Convention, warships of non-littoral states cannot stay in the Black Sea for more than 21 days. France’s Dupuy le Lome stayed in the Black Sea 21 days, hence, the convention was not violated.



Propulsion systems of new frigates for the Black Sea Fleet will be serviced by the “Turborus” company

29.07.2014, Arms-expo

Rybinsk enterprise “Turborus” will take over the maintenance of gas turbines  of Ukrainian production set for Russian frigates series 11356 for the Black Sea Fleet (lead ship – “Admiral Grigorovich”). Itar-Tass quoted a source in the military-industrial complex.


If Angola buys aircraft carrier Principe de Asturias?

If Angola buys aircraft carrier Principe de Asturias?

Spanish Web resource December 2, 2013 said that Spain allegedly would finally managed to sell decommissioned light aircraft carrier R 11 Principe de Asturias – a contract is allegedly agreed by the Spanish Ministry of Defence with Angola . Angola plans to introduce this ship to Navy . Before transmitting to the Angolan side the carrier must undergo a repair at the shipyard Navantia association in El Ferrol. Besides Principe de Asturias, Angola as ” applications” will allegedly receive (under the terms of the contract) another four ships decommissioned from the Spanish fleet – the former frigate F 32 (M 11 ) Diana ( type Descubierta, recent years been used as a command ship mine neutral forces) patrol vessel P 61 Chilreu, patrol boat P 27 Izaro ( type Anaga) and a large landing ship L 42 Pizarro ( former American LST 1196 Harlan County type Newport).
Reliable confirmation of aircraft carrier ‘Principe de Asturias’ sale to Angola is absent. Nevertheless, we know that in August 2013 located in Ferrol decommissioned Principe de Asturias was visited and inspected by the high-ranking Angolan delegation , which included two Navy admirals of Angola. The delegation visited the company Navantia in Ferrol . Representatives of the Spanish Navy and Navantia neither confirmed nor denied the possibility of selling the ship to Angola.

Spain is developing a ” revolutionary new frigate “

Spain is developing a

11/26/2013 Military parity
Spanish Navy plan to replace ships class Santa Maria ( modification of the U.S. missile frigates class Oliver Hazard Perry – approx. “VP” ) , who are approaching end of life ( from 2020 ) by six stealth frigates promising F- 110 , rpdefense.over reports on November 22.

Work commenced in 2010, commissioning of the lead ship is planned in 2025. Multipurpose warships will be built at the shipyard of Navantia, will be operated for 40 years and equipped with unmanned systems for different types of operations at sea , in the air and under water.