July 29, 2008
Russian Black Sea Fleet Gets New Minesweeper
Excerpt from report by Russian state news agency ITAR-TASS
Moscow, 29 July: The Vitse-Admiral Zakharyin minesweeper, a fundamentally new mine defence vessel, has joined the Novorossiysk naval base of the Russian Black Sea Fleet.
Rear-Admiral Anatoliy Shlemov, head of the Russian Defence Ministry directorate for orders and deliveries of ships, said that "the ship will be searching for mines ahead. Previously virtually all Russian minesweepers searched for mines using minesweeping gear in the aft sectors."
The Sredne-Nevskiy shipyard has not launched a vessel of this class for over 10 years, the last being the Valentin Pikul minesweeper, which joined the Novorossiysk naval base in 1996, the information service added. Initially the Vitse-Admiral Zakharyin was to be handed over to the Northern Fleet but later it was decided to give the modern ship to the Novorossiysk base. Following instructions by the commander of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, a crew has been manned. Lt Denis Lugovskoy has been appointed its commander. [Passage omitted]
Originally published by ITAR-TASS news agency, Moscow, in Russian 0703 29 Jul 08.
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