The launching ceremony has been held on 28th July at the Amur shipbuilding yards in the Far East of Russia.
Gromkiy is the sixth corvette in the Steregushchy-class and is expected to be delivered to the navy in 2018.
The Navy plans to have least 20 project 20380 corvettes for all four major fleets. Four ships of this class have already joined the Baltic Fleet.
The main missions include protection of territorial waters, exclusive economic zone, continental shelf, offshore areas, naval bases and ports. The Steregushchy class can be deployed in coastal patrol, escort and anti-submarine warfare (ASW) operations, as well as to support amphibious assaults. The corvette can engage surface ships, submarines, aircraft and shore-based targets.
The corvette has the following characteristics:
– Displacement: standard: 1,800 tons, full: 2,200 tons
– Length: 104.5 m (343 ft), beam: 11.6 m (38 ft), draught: 3.7 m (12 ft)
– Speed: 27 kn (50 km/h; 31 mph)
– Range: 3,800 nmi (7,000 km; 4,400 mi) at 14 kn (26 km/h; 16 mph)
– Endurance: 15 days
The ship features an aft hangar and flight deck for a single Ka-27 ASW helicopter.