At the Sredne-Nevsky shipyard (part of the United Shipbuilding Corporation), the laying ceremony of the mine defense ship (PMO) of project 12700 took place September 9, 2021.
The ceremony was attended by the Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy, Admiral Nikolay Evmenov, General Director of JSC SNSZ Vladimir Seredokho, First Deputy General Director of JSC USC Andrei Buzinov, Chief Adviser to General Director of USC Viktor Chirkov, Chairman of the Committee for Industrial Policy, Innovation and Trade St. Petersburg Kirill Soloveichik, Deputy of the State Duma of the Russian Federation Mikhail Romanov, Deputy of the Legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg Elena Kiseleva, Head of Administration of the Kolpinsky District Anatoly Poveliy, Chief Engineer of the Central Marine Design Bureau “Almaz” Konstantin Golubev, as well as employees and veterans of JSC SNSZ.
By the order of the Commander-in-Chief of the Navy, the future minesweeper was given the current name “Afanasy Ivannikov” in honor of the Hero of the Soviet Union, who commanded the T-115 minesweeper during the Great Patriotic War of the 6th minesweeper division of the trawling brigade for the protection of the water area of the Pechenga naval base of the Northern Fleet, captain- Lieutenant Afanasy Ivanovich Ivannikov. The mine defense ship Afanasy Ivannikov will become the ninth in the line of Project 12700, laid down at the Sredne-Nevsky shipyard.
Project 12700 was developed by the Almaz Central Marine Design Bureau (part of the United Shipbuilding Corporation) for the Russian Navy. These ships belong to a new generation of mine-sweeping forces and are designed to combat sea mines, which the new PMO ships can detect both in the water of sea areas and in sea soil, without entering the danger zone. To combat mines, ships can use various types of trawls, as well as remote-controlled and autonomous unmanned underwater vehicles.
When building such ships at the Sredne-Nevsky shipyard, the latest Russian technologies are used, which have no analogues in the world shipbuilding. The ships of this project have a unique, largest in the world hull made of monolithic fiberglass, formed by vacuum infusion. The mass of such a case is much lower than that of a metal one. At the same time, its strength increases significantly. Such a case is not afraid of corrosion, and the service life, subject to operating standards, is unlimited.