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Russia’s Admiral Makarov frigate returns to Baltic Sea after armament tests

November 21, 2016, 14:34 UTC+3 KALININGRAD

As was reported earlier, Admiral Makarov has successfully passed the trials of its missile, antiaircraft missile and artillery systems

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KALININGRAD, November 21. /TASS/. Russia’s advanced frigate Admiral Makarov is returning to the Baltic waters from the Barents Sea where it has held armament trials, spokesman for the Yantar Shipyard Sergei Mikhailov told TASS on Monday.

The Yantar Shipyard in the Baltic Sea Region of Kaliningrad is the place where the frigate has been built.

"We’re expecting the return of the Admiral Makarov from the North to the acceptance base in the port of Baltiysk on November 24-25. From that place, the ship will again go to the Baltic Sea to complete the program of state trials," Mikhailov said.

The Admiral Makarov will then sail to the Yantar Shipyard to prepare the frigate for its delivery to the Russian Navy, the shipyard’s spokesman said.

"The Russian Navy is expected to receive the new frigate from the shipbuilders until the end of this year," Mikhailov said.

As was reported earlier, the frigate Admiral Makarov has successfully passed the trials of its missile, antiaircraft missile and artillery systems at the Northern Fleet’s training ranges in the Barents Sea.

The Admiral Makarov is the third Project 11356 ship, which the Yantar Shipyard will deliver to the customer in 2016. The two other warships, the Admiral Grigorovich and the Admiral Essen, were commissioned on March 11 and June 7, 2016, respectively.

The Admiral Makarov was laid down at the Yantar Shipyard on February 29, 2012 and floated out on September 2, 2015. The warships of this class have a displacement of about 4,000 tons, a speed of 30 knots and sea endurance of 30 days. These frigates are armed with Kalibr-NK cruise missiles, the Shtil-1 self-defense missile system, the A-190 100mm artillery gun, antiaircraft artillery, a rocket launcher, torpedoes and can also carry a Kamov Ka-27 or Ka-31 deck-based helicopter.

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