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Russia Navy officially launches patrol ship Viktor Velikiy & missile ship Typhoon.

According to information published by Bmpd on May 7, 2024, the A.M. Gorky Zelenodolsk Plant, a part of the Ak Bars Shipbuilding Corporation, hosted a ceremony with the simultaneous launch of two new vessels for the Russian Navy.
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Launching ceremony of the Project 22160 Viktor Velikiy and the Project 22800 missile ship Typhoon. (Picture source: bmpd)

The Project 22160 patrol ship Viktor Velikiy and the Project 22800 small missile ship Typhoon (Karakurt class) were launched together. Both ships are slated to join the Black Sea Fleet, marking an important step in strengthening the region's naval forces.

The Viktor Velikiy is the fifth patrol ship of project 22160, developed by the Northern Design Bureau in St. Petersburg. The Russian Ministry of Defense ordered six of these ships in 2014 for the Black Sea Fleet.

The construction of Viktor Velikiy began on November 25, 2016, under a contract signed on October 9, 2014. This contract also includes the patrol ship Nikolay Sipyagin (serial number 166), laid down on January 13, 2018.

Previously, the Zelenodolsk plant delivered two project 22160 ships. The lead ship, Vasily Bykov (serial number 161), was handed over to the Black Sea Fleet on December 20, 2018. The second ship, Dmitry Rogachev (serial number 162), was commissioned on June 11, 2019.

Pavel Derzhavin and Sergey Kotov (serial numbers 163 and 164), built at the Zaliv Shipyard in Kerch, joined the fleet on November 27, 2020, and July 30, 2022, respectively. Notably, Sergey Kotov was sunk by Ukrainian unmanned explosive boats on March 5, 2024.

The small missile ship Typhoon (serial number 805) is the second ship of project 22800 built at the Zelenodolsk plant. The Ministry of Defense contracted five such ships on August 5, 2016. The first three were constructed at the Zaliv Shipyard in Kerch. The lead ship, Cyclone (serial number 801), was delivered to the Black Sea Fleet on July 12, 2023.

The second ship, Askold (serial number 802), sustained significant damage from a Ukrainian missile on November 4, 2023, and is currently under repair. The third ship, Amur (serial number 803), was launched on December 26, 2022, and is undergoing trials in the Caspian Sea.

The Typhoon, laid down on September 11, 2019, joins the first Zelenodolsk-built missile ship, Tucha (serial number 804), which launched on June 30, 2023. Project 22800 ships, designed by the Almaz Central Marine Design Bureau, are intended to replace the project 21631 ships.

Initially, 18 ships were ordered, but two were canceled in 2020 due to production challenges with the high-speed diesel engines. The series has faced delays, with several hulls awaiting engines from the Zvyozda plant in St. Petersburg.

The Pella Shipyard in Leningrad has delivered three project 22800 ships, with Myti-shchi (serial number 251), Sovetsk (serial number 252), and Odintsovo (serial number 253) joining the Baltic Fleet between 2018 and 2020.

Other ships under construction include Kozelsk, Okhotsk, and Vikhr, with extended delivery dates due to ongoing issues. Additionally, four ships are being built at the Amur Shipyard, with Rzhev and Udomlya launched on September 27, 2023.

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