May 30, 2019 (Google Translation) – The newest mine defense ship “Vladimir Emelyanov” of project 12700 was solemnly launched at the Nevsky Shipbuilding Plant in St. Petersburg. The ship, like all ships of this project, has a unique, the world’s largest hull made of monolithic fiberglass and the most advanced anti-mine weapons.
Chairman of the Board of Directors of United Shipbuilding JSC Georgy Poltavchenko, Head of the Shipbuilding Directorate of the Russian Navy Rear Admiral Vladimir Tryapichnikov, General Director of Sredne-Nevsky Shipbuilding Plant Vladimir Seredokho, General Alexander Shlyahtenko, Director of the Almaz Central Marine Design Bureau, children of the legendary shipbuilder Vladimir Yemelyanov, in honor of whom first named ship.
Speaking to the shipbuilders of the Sredne-Nevsky Shipbuilding Plant, Chairman of the Board of Directors of United Shipbuilding Corporation JSC Georgy Poltavchenko noted that ““ Today is indeed a significant day. Firstly, our Navy will soon receive one of the newest modern minesweepers, and secondly, today the renowned Middle Nevsky Shipbuilding Plant receives a ship-memory, the memory of a man who did a lot for domestic military shipbuilding … I I am sure that the vector that was laid at the plant enables the plant to look confidently into the future, because the plant is provided with orders for many years to come. Products that are manufactured at the factory, is simply unique. This allows the plant to confidently hold a leading position among the creators of composite materials vessels.”
The head of the Naval Shipbuilding Directorate, Rear Admiral Vladimir Tryapichnikov, congratulated the ceremony participants on behalf of the Russian Navy Commander-in-Chief Admiral Nikolai Evmenov and said that “Vladimir Emelyanov” “will join the ranks of the Russian Navy by the end of the year”. Construction work will soon be completed on the minesweeper, then a series of mooring tests will take place. The first exit on factory running tests is planned for August. These ships are needed by the Navy and for this purpose their serial construction is deployed. In the near future, 12 of them will be built, and, in general, the program to re-equip mine-trawling forces of the Navy involves the construction of more than 30 ships of the project 12700. ”
According to Rear Admiral Vladimir Tryapichnikov, “Project 12700 mine defense ships are sea-minesweepers that are capable of performing tasks in remote sea areas. Tests of previous ships of this series showed their excellent handling and seaworthiness at strong seas. Moreover, ships can successfully make inter-fleet crossings. So, to call the mine defense ships of the project 12700 base (coastal) ships would be a big mistake. ”
He emphasized that “Ships of this project are superior in all indicators and characteristics, including displacement, to sea-sweepers of the Soviet period of construction. During the serial construction of anti-mine defense ships, their characteristics are improved. The main command of the Navy constantly takes into account scientific and technical progress in the field of using the forces of the Fleet at sea. The military shipbuilding program provides for an active renewal of the mine-miner component of the Navy, which has already been launched and is proceeding in accordance with the plan. These ships belong to a new generation of mine-trawling forces and are designed to combat sea mines, which new PMO ships can detect both in the water of sea areas and in the sea soil, while not entering the danger zone. ”
In turn, Vladimir Seredokho, Director General of the Sredne-Nevsky Shipbuilding Plant, noted that “Project 12700 mine defense ships are the pride of the plant. They embody the newest domestic technologies both in their armament and in road performance they can be effectively used both in the near and in the far sea zones. They plan to replace the sea-minesweepers of the Soviet period of construction. The rate of production of ships PMO 12700 will be increased from year to year. During the construction of these ships at the Sredne-Nevsky Shipbuilding Plant, the latest Russian technologies are used, which have no analogues in world shipbuilding. The ships of this project have a unique, the world’s largest hull of monolithic fiberglass, formed by vacuum infusion. The mass of such a body is much lower than metal. This significantly increases its strength. Such a body is not afraid of corrosion, and the service life, subject to the norms of operation, is practically unlimited.
To combat mines, ships can use various types of trawls, as well as remote-controlled and autonomous uninhabited underwater vehicles.
The ceremony of laying the minesweeper “Vladimir Emelyanov” was held on January 25, 2017. By order of the Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy, the ship is named after the famous shipbuilder, the Hero of Socialist Labor and the legendary director of the Middle Nevsky Shipbuilding Plant Vladimir Alexandrovich Emelyanov.