TASS Russian News Agency, 9 June 2017
KALININGRAD, June 9. /TASS/. Two corvettes of Russia’s Baltic Fleet – The Boiky and The Steregushchy – currently on a long voyage for the Atlantic, are sailing through the Kattegat and Skagerrak straits, the fleet’s spokesman Roman Martov has told TASS.
“A group of two corvettes of project 20380, The Boiky and The Steregushchy, have entered the Kattegat and Skagerrak straits linking the Baltic Sea and the North Atlantic,” Martov said, adding that “weather permitting, the ships may be in the Atlantic as early as Friday.”
The corvettes left the Baltiysk base on June 4 on a regular mission.
This is The Boiky’s second voyage to the Atlantic this year. Together with the corvette The Soobrazitelny it was on a long voyage in the North Atlantic on April 7 through May 2.
The 20380 project corvettes are meant for operations against enemy surface ships and submarines and for providing artillery support for amphibious operations, patrolling designated areas and maintaining naval blockade.
The Steregushchiy class (Russian: стерегущий – “vigilant”) is the newest class of corvette in the Russian Navy. It was designed by the Almaz Central Marine Design bureau. The first ship was designated Project 2038.0 (or 20380) by the Russian Government; subsequent vessels were built to an improved design, Project 20381. At 2,200 tons it is large for a corvette and is designated as a frigate by NATO.
|Preceded by:||Grisha class|
|Succeeded by:||Gremyashchiy class|
|Cost:||US$120-150m (est. for Tigr)|
|Built:||2001 – current|
|In service:||2007 – current|
|Class and type:||Project 2038.0 (2038.1)|
|Length:||104.5 m (343 ft)|
|Beam:||11.6 m (38 ft)|
|Draught:||3.7 m (12 ft)|
|Installed power:||AC 380/220V, 50 Hz, 4×630 kw diesel genset|
|Propulsion:||2 shaft CODAD, 4 Kolomna 16D49 diesels 23,664 hp (17.6 MW)|
|Speed:||27 kn (50 km/h; 31 mph)|
|Range:||3,800 nmi (7,000 km; 4,400 mi) at 14 kn (26 km/h; 16 mph)|
|Aircraft carried:||Hangar for Ka-27 Helicopter|