Russia’s Black Sea Fleet to Adopt New Warships
Russia’s Black Sea Fleet will adopt the first Project 1135.6 Admiral Grigorovich-class frigate and two Project 636.6 diesel electric submarines by the end of 2014. The Black Sea Fleet is expected to commission six frigates and six submarines of these classes by 2018. This was stated by Navy Commander-in-Chief Adm. Viktor Chirkov.
“The Black Sea Fleet will receive two out of six Project 636 submarines by the end of the year. In addition, we are planning to raise the flag on the first out of six Project 1135.6 frigates by the same time,” Mr. Chirkov pointed out, adding that the new vessels would be able to undertake both individual and group missions.
The warships could be deployed in and outside the Black Sea, for instance, as part of a large navy unit deployed permanently in the Mediterranean Sea. There are also plans to use them for anti-piracy missions in the Gulf of Aden.