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Russian Navy Admiral Kasatonov frigate sailed to the Barents Sea to train combat missions.

| 2020

According to information published by the Russian press agency TASS on November 10, 2020, Russian Navy Admiral Kasatonov Admiral Gorshkov class frigate of project 22350 sailed to the Barents Sea to train combat missions, the Russian Defense Ministry said.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Russian Navy Admiral Kasatonov Admiral Gorshkov class frigate Project 22350. (Picture source TASS)

“The frigate will train fire at sea and coastal targets for several days at ranges in the Barents and White Seas,” it said.

Earlier, the frigate fired an anti-ship missile in the Barents Sea and launched Kalibr missile in late September at a ground target in Arkhangelsk region. The Kola flotilla, Belomorskaya naval base, auxiliary vessels and Northern fleet aviation ensure the training of the frigate.

The Admiral Kasatonov was built by Severnaya Verf Shipyard in St. Petersburg. Admiral Flota Kasatonov is an Admiral Gorshkov class frigate of the Russian Navy and the second ship of the class. She was laid down on 26 November 2009 and launched on 12 December 2014. She was commissioned on 21 July 2020.

Frigates of project 22350 are designated to fight submarines and warships in oceans and seas and to repel air attacks both independently and within formations. The hull of the frigates is flush-decked. It has a three-island superstructure, one mast-turret and one steel funnel. Stealth technologies were used in the construction to make the warship practically invisible for the radars of the potential adversary. Full displacement is 5000 tons, the length is 135 meters. The speed is 29 knots. The crew comprises over 170 men. Diesel gas-turbine power plant has a capacity of 65000 horsepower. It can carry a Ka-27 helicopter or its modifications.

The main weapons comprise two 16-cell universal vertical launchers 3S-14 for Kalibr missiles. The fourth and fifth frigates will be armed with three 24-cell launchers which can also fire Onix missiles and Tsirkon in future.

The air defense is provided by four Poliment-Redut 32-cell vertical launchers. They can fire four types of short, medium and long-range antiaircraft missiles. Two Palash artillery guns provide close-range air defense.

Artillery guns comprise 130mm A-192M in the bow. The frigate has Paket antisubmarine torpedo complex, as well as Zarya-3 sonar and Vinietka-M towed acoustic station.

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