MOSCOW, July 14. /TASS/. Russian shipyards will hold a single day of laying down new ships and submarines on July 16, a source in the defense industry told TASS on Tuesday.
"On July 16, shipbuilders will lay down upgraded Project 22350 two frigates, Project 885M ‘Yasen-M’ two multi-purpose nuclear-powered submarines and, for the first time in the Russian Navy’s history, Project 23900 two multi-purpose amphibious assault ships," the source specified.
The upgraded Project 22350 frigates will be built at the Severnaya Shipyard in St. Petersburg (part of the United Shipbuilding Corporation). They will be tentatively named the Admiral Yumashev and the Admiral Spiridonov. Currently, four frigates of Project 22350 and the upgraded Project 22350 are at various stages of their construction at the Shipyard. One of them, the Admiral Kasatonov, is preparing to enter service with the Russian Navy. The Severnaya Shipyard press office declined to comment on the source’s information.
Project 885M ‘Yasen-M’ multi-purpose nuclear-powered submarines will be laid down at the Sevmash Shipyard in Severodvinsk (part of the United Shipbuilding Corporation). The contract for their construction was signed at the Army-2019 international arms show in the summer of 2019.
Multi-purpose amphibious assault ships will be laid down at the Zaliv Shipyard in Kerch. Initially, the keel-laying ceremony was planned for June 29 but was postponed to a later date. As a source in the defense industry told TASS, Russia’s Defense Ministry had signed a contract worth 100 billion rubles ($1.4 billion) on the construction of two helicopter carriers.
Project 23900 amphibious assault ships are expected to displace 25,000 tonnes and have a length of about 220 meters. The warships of this class will be capable of carrying over 20 heavy helicopters and transporting up to 900 marines. No warships of this class were earlier built either in the Soviet Union or Russia.
TASS has no confirmations from the Sevmash and Zaliv press offices about the upcoming keel-laying ceremonies yet.