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Russian latest amphibious assault ship holds artillery firings during Baltic Sea trials

The Pyotr Morgunov is the largest in its class and displaces 5,000 tonnes

KALININGRAD, May 29. /TASS/. The large amphibious assault ship Pyotr Morgunov conducted artillery firings during the final stage of shipbuilders’ sea trials in the Baltic Sea, the Baltic Fleet’s press office reported on Friday.

"At the Baltic Fleet’s naval ranges, the ship’s crew together with industry representatives accomplished a set of artillery firings against air and naval surface targets," the press office said.

On May 23, the large amphibious assault ship Pyotr Morgunov left the Yantar Shipyard where it had been built and sailed to the Baltic Sea for completing the shipbuilders’ sea trials. As the Baltic Fleet reported on May 28, the crew tested the ship’s radio-technical armament and air defense radars. The ship will switch over to state trials in early June and upon their completion will be delivered to the Russian Navy.

The Pyotr Morgunov is the first serial-produced Project 11711 warship designed by the Nevskoye Design Bureau. The contract on the warship’s construction was concluded with Russia’s Defense Ministry in September 2014. The warship was laid down in June 2015 and put afloat in May 2018. The Pyotr Morgunov entered the shipbuilders’ sea trials on December 13, 2019.

The Pyotr Morgunov is the largest in its class and displaces 5,000 tonnes. It will be able to take on its board 13 main battle tanks, or 36 armored personnel carriers or infantry fighting vehicles. An option is envisaged for taking a marine infantry battalion on its board.

The amphibious assault ship can also transport a reinforced marine infantry company with organic military hardware and land it with the use of pontoons.

The amphibious assault ship is armed with 30mm six-barrel artillery guns and two Kamov Ka-29 transport/attack helicopters in its deck hangars.

The Project’s lead ship Ivan Gren was floated out in Kaliningrad in May 2012. It was accepted for service in the Russian Navy on June 20, 2018.

Since April 2019, the Yantar Shipyard on the Baltic coast has been building two modernized Project 11711 ships: the Vladimir Andreyev and the Vasily Trushin.