January 29, 2021 (Google Translation) – Today, at the Zaliv shipyard (Kerch, Republic of Crimea), the launching ceremony of the fourth in a series of patrol ship of project 22160 Sergey Kotov, built for the Russian Navy at the A.M. Zelenodolsk shipyard, took place. Gorky together with the Kerch shipbuilders (part of Ak Bars Shipbuilding Corporation JSC (a group of companies Ak Bars Holding Company JSC)).
At the direction of the Commander-in-Chief of the Navy, Admiral Nikolai Yevmenov, the Chief of the Main Staff of the Navy, Admiral Alexander Vitko, took part in the launching ceremony of the ship. The ceremony was also attended by the head of the Republic of Crimea Sergey Aksyonov. The solemn meeting was attended by the management of JSC “Shipbuilding Corporation” Ak Bars “, representatives of the administration of Kerch, shipbuilders and veterans of the Navy.
For the first time, the children of the Kerch shipbuilders took part in the launching ceremony of a new warship, feeling proud of their parents.
Modern ships of project 22160 were designed by JSC Northern Design Bureau (St. Petersburg) by order of the Main Command of the Russian Navy and are intended to carry out patrol service for the protection of territorial waters, patrolling a 200-mile exclusive economic zone in the open and closed seas, performing anti-piracy tasks, searching for and providing assistance to damaged ships and vessels, environmental monitoring of the environment in peacetime, escorting ships and vessels at sea, as well as operations in distant sea and ocean zones.
According to the data of Severnoye PKB JSC, the ships of project 22160 with a displacement of no more than 1.7 thousand tons ensure a long-term presence in the far sea zone (autonomy – 60 days). The maximum speed of ships is at least 25 knots. They are designed to provide comfortable conditions for the crew (60 people). To increase the search potential and conduct search and rescue operations on ships, the basing of a 12-ton helicopter is provided. In addition, the ships are equipped with radio-technical and hydroacoustic weapons, as well as electronic countermeasures.
The ship was laid down on May 8, 2016 and by order of the commander-in-chief of the Russian Navy, it was named in honor of the participant of the Great Patriotic War, Hero of the Soviet Union, Rear Admiral Sergei Nikolaevich Kotov.
It is planned to transfer the ship to the Russian Navy by the end of this year. “Sergey Kotov” will join the Black Sea Fleet.
To date, three ships of Project 22160 (lead ship Vasily Bykov, the first of the series – Dmitry Rogachev, the second – Pavel Derzhavin) are already serving in the Black Sea Fleet.
On the stocks of the Zelenodolsk plant named after A.M. Gorky, construction of two more units of this project is underway – “Victor the Great” and “Nikolay Sipyagin.”