December 23, 2020 (Google Translation) – Under the leadership of the Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy, Admiral Nikolai Yevmenov of Russia, in Kaliningrad at the Yantar shipyard, a solemn ceremony of admission to the Navy of the newest large landing ship “Petr Morgunov” of project 11711 took place.
During the ceremony, the order of the Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy on the enrollment of the ship in the Navy was read out. Admiral Nikolay Evmenov presented the St. Andrew’s flag to the commander of the large landing craft “Pyotr Morgunov” Captain Vyacheslav Solovyov, which was then consecrated by the rector of St. George’s Cathedral Archimandrite Sophronius and raised on the ship’s flagpole.
Admiral Nikolay Yevmenov noted at the ceremony that “the newest large landing ship, Pyotr Morgunov, accepted into the Navy today, is even more advanced than its predecessor, the large landing ship Ivan Gren, in a number of characteristics. We keep pace with the times and scientific and technological progress. Each subsequent ship of this project, and currently two more ships are being built on the stocks of the Yantar plant, will embody new innovative solutions. The admission to the large landing craft “Petr Morgunov” once again testifies to the fact that we have successfully launched the construction of ships of large displacement of the ocean zone and the process of equipping the Navy with these ships is under way. As a matter of fact,
“The large landing ship“ Pyotr Morgunov ”will significantly enhance the surface component of the Northern Fleet and the efficiency of fulfilling the assigned tasks. This is especially important in connection with the receipt of a new status by the Northern Fleet. The crew at a high level of professionalism ensured all stages of testing of their ship and is ready to perform their duties as part of the fleet, ”emphasized Admiral Nikolay Evmenov.
“It is planned that the large landing ship“ Petr Morgunov ”in the near future, in the coming 2021, will move to the place of permanent deployment in the Northern Fleet. The crew of the ship has been tasked with preparing for the inter-naval transition, ”said the Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy, Admiral Nikolai Evmenov, at the ceremony of accepting the large landing craft“ Petr Morgunov ”into the Navy.
Answering journalists’ questions, Admiral Nikolay Evmenov said that “the construction of surface ships in the ocean zone for the Navy is proceeding according to plan. The fleet receives frigates and corvettes equipped with the most modern weapon systems. In Kerch, the construction of multipurpose landing ships is underway, the tactical and technical characteristics of which will make it possible to raise the quality parameters of the Navy’s activities in the World Ocean even higher.
After the end of the ceremony of admission to the Navy of the large amphibious assault ship “Petr Morgunov”, the Commander-in-Chief of the Navy, Admiral Nikolai Yevmenov, made a round of the ship, accompanied by a group of chiefs of specialized command and control bodies of the Main Command of the Navy, Commander of the Baltic Fleet, Admiral Alexander Nosatov, having examined the combat posts, the wheelhouse, the main command point of the ship.
Also at the ceremony, the congratulation of the General Director of the United Shipbuilding Corporation Alexei Rakhmanov was voiced, in which it was noted that “the first serial large landing ship of project 11711“ Pyotr Morgunov ”incorporates the most modern technologies of Russian shipbuilding and is not inferior in its characteristics to the best ships of its class. His older brother – “Ivan Gren” – has been regularly serving in the Northern Fleet for two years.
Raising the St. Andrew’s flag is a big day for the fleet and a big day for shipbuilders. The Yantar shipyard has once again confirmed its ability to build modern ships in the oceanic zone by order of the Navy. We are waiting for the commissioning of two more BDKs of the modernized project 11711 – (Vladimir Andreev and Vasily Trushin), which have been under construction at Yantar since last year. I am confident that the Russian Navy will more than once set important tasks for shipbuilders, and we will fulfill our duty with honor ”.
Ilya Samarin, General Director of the Yantar shipyard, also spoke at the ceremony, noting that “the enterprise is constantly working to modernize its production facilities and in the future this will make it possible to more efficiently fulfill orders from the RF Ministry of Defense”.
The commander of the large amphibious assault ship “Petr Morgunov” Captain 2nd Rank Vyacheslav Soloviev said at the ceremony that “the crew had been trained at the Joint Training Center of the Navy, worked out practical skills at sea and were ready to perform tasks as part of the Northern Fleet. The personnel are proud of their ship and will justify the confidence placed in their service under the famous St. Andrew’s flag. ”
Large landing ship “Pyotr Morgunov” is the second large landing ship of project 11711, built at the Yantar shipyard in accordance with the military shipbuilding program,
The ship bears the name “Pyotr Morgunov” on board (in honor of the first knight of the Order of Nakhimov, 1st degree, chief of coastal defense of the Black Sea Fleet during the Great Patriotic War, Lieutenant General Pyotr Alekseevich Morgunov). The large landing craft “Pyotr Morgunov” is the second and the first serial ship of project 11711, developed by JSC “Nevskoe Design Bureau”.