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Russia's newly-built Admiral Makarov frigate will undergo testing in Barents Sea

October 17, 12:59 UTC+3 KALININGRAD
Project 11356 frigates are armed with Kalibr-NK missiles, self-defense missile complex Shtil-1, 100-mm artillery piece A-190, air defense artillery, an anti-submarine warfare mortar and torpedoes
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KALININGRAD, October 17. /TASS/. Russia’s newly-built frigate The Admiral Makarov has left the Baltic Sea for the Northern Fleet, where in it will undergo government certification tests in the Barents Sea, the press-secretary of the Baltic shipbuilding plant Yantar, Sergey Mikhailov has told TASS.

"The Admiral Makarov is currently on the way from the Baltic Sea to the Arctic. Its weapon systems will undergo testing at the Northern Fleet’s testing ranges," Mikhailov said. The Admiral Makarov left the port of Baltiisk on Sunday, October 16. Starting from October 7 it underwent trials in the Baltic Sea.

The frigate will return to the Yantar shipyard in Kaliningrad in the middle of November to be handed over to the Russian Navy later the same month.

The Admiral Makarov is a third ship of project 11356 the Yantar shipyards will hand over to the customer in 2016. The first two ships in that series - The Admiral Grigorovich and The Admiral Essen - were commissioned on March 11 and June 7 respectively.

Both ships tested there weapons and some technical systems in the Barents Sea, too.

The Admiral Makarov construction began at the Yantar shipyards on February 29, 2012 and was launched on September 2, 2015. Project 11356 frigates have a displacement of about 4,000 tonnes, speed of 30 knots and sea endurance of 30 days. They are armed with Kalibr-NK cruise missiles, self-defense missile complex Shtil-1, 100-mm artillery piece A-190, air defense artillery, an anti-submarine warfare mortar and torpedoes and can carry one deck helicopter K-27 or Ka-31.

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