KERCH, January 29. /TASS/. Two more Project 22160 ships will be built for the Russian Navy’s Black Sea Fleet, Chief of the Russian Navy's General Staff Alexander Vitko told journalists, adding that a total of six such ships will be built.
"All six ships will join the Black Sea Fleet," Vitko said, answering a question from TASS.
He noted that ships of this Project have proven their worth, and, if a decision is made to build more such ships, they will likely to join other fleets.
Earlier on Friday, a new Project 22160 ship, the Sergey Kotov, was launched at the Zaliv shipyard in Crimea. The first ship of this project, the Vasily Bykov was laid down on February 26, 2014. The Vasily Bykov and two other ships of this project - the Dmitry Rogachev and the Pavel Derzhavin - currently serve in the Black Sea Fleet. The Gorky Zelenodoslk Plant currently builds two more Project 22160 ships - the Viktor Veliky and the Nikolay Sipyagin. They are expected to be commissioned before 2023.