April 28, 2020 (Google Translation) – On April 28, in St. Petersburg at the Sredne-Nevsky shipyard (part of the United Shipbuilding Corporation), the launching ceremony of the mine defense ship “Pyotr Ilyichev” of project 12700 took place. Poltavchenko, General Director of SNSZ Vladimir Seredokho, General Director of the Central Marine Design Bureau “Almaz” Alexander Shlyakhtenko.
“Despite the difficult times in which we live, when there is a coronavirus epidemic in the world and in the country, we have not for a second slowed down the pace, and most importantly, the quality, and delivered ships for our Navy on time,” he noted on ceremony Georgy Poltavchenko. Nikolay Evmenov highly appreciated the work of the plant and the design bureau: “The ships of this project have already shown themselves well at sea, they are well controlled, they have great survivability.”
The minesweepers under construction at the Sredne-Nevsky shipyard belong to a new generation of mine-sweeping forces and are designed to combat sea mines both in the water of sea areas and in the sea soil, without entering the danger zone. To combat mines, Project 12700 ships can use various types of trawls, as well as remote-controlled and autonomous unmanned underwater vehicles. Their feature is the unique, the world’s largest body made of monolithic fiberglass, formed by vacuum infusion. It is lighter than metal and durable, it is not afraid of corrosion, its service life is not limited.
The new ship was named in honor of the hero of the Soviet Union Pyotr Ivanovich Ilyichev, the steering patrol boat SK-253 of the 6th patrol battalion of the Peter and Paul Naval Base of the Pacific Fleet. On August 18, 1945, he died a heroic death during the capture of the Shumshu island of the Kuril ridge, repeating the feat of Alexander Matrosov and, at the cost of his own life, suppressing the enemy’s long-term firing point. Pyotr Ilyichev is forever enlisted in the lists of the crew of the ship of the Red Banner Pacific Fleet.
The “godmother” of the ship was the head of the automated design systems department of the SNSZ Alexandra Kiryushkina – she was the one who was traditionally entrusted with breaking a bottle of champagne on the side of the minesweeper.