Frigate Tushil Launched

At the Baltic shipyard “Yantar” (part of the USC) a solemn ceremony of the naming and launching of the frigate Tushil took place. This is the first of two ships of Project 11356 being built at Yantar by order of the Republic of India.

The ceremony was attended by the Ambassador of India to Russia Venkatesh Varma with his wife, representatives of Rosoboronexport and the United Shipbuilding Corporation.

In his welcoming speech, the ambassador stressed that these ships are evidence of many years of friendship, as well as the result of long-term military cooperation and reflect the strategic relationship between the two countries. The ambassador also warmly thanked the workers of the Yantar plant and everyone who participated in the construction of the frigate Tushil.

Welcoming the participants of the ceremony, General Director of PSZ “Yantar” Ilya Samarin congratulated those present on this significant event. The Yantar Plant has extensive experience in cooperation with foreign customers, and the Republic of India occupies a special place among them. We highly appreciate the trust of the Indian customer, who decided to continue the construction of Project 11356 frigates at Yantar. This order is one of the most important for the plant, and we are fulfilling it with all due responsibility,” he said and assured the representatives of the Republic of India that the order will be completed on time and with high quality.

The launching of the frigate Tushil was blessed by two godmothers. On the Indian side, Mrs. Datla Vidya Varma performed the naming ceremony for the ship and smashed a coconut on its stem. According to the Russian tradition, a bottle of champagne was smashed against the side of the frigate by Natalia Palamarchuk, the leading process engineer of the Yantar plant. After that, Tushil was moved to a floating dock for further launching.

The Project 11356 frigate was laid down at the Yantar shipyard in 2013 under the name Admiral Butakov by order of the RF Ministry of Defense, but its construction was subsequently suspended. In 2016, Russia and India signed an intergovernmental agreement on the completion of two ships of this project for the Indian Navy. The second frigate, Tamala, is completing the building slipway and is scheduled to be launched early next year. Under the terms of the contract, the transfer of two ships to the customer should take place in 2023.

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