Russia’s Baltic Fleet receives new patrol boat
The Russian State Acceptance Board has signed an acceptance act for a new Raptor (Project 03160) high-speed patrol boat for the Russian Navy’s Baltic Fleet, the Russian Ministry of Defence announced on 30 October.
The Raptor has been in service with the Russian Navy since 2014, with the most recent order for a further eight vessels placed in 2016. The patrol boats, built by Pella Shipbuilding, have two crew members and can carry a further 20 marines. The Raptor has a length of 16.9m, maximum width of 4.7m and a draft of 0.9m.
This latest Raptor has been delivered and entered into service with the fleet. Its home station will be the port of Baltiysk.
The Raptor is designed for patrolling near shore zone, straits and river mouths. The patrol boat can carry out combat duty in assigned areas, intercept and seize small-sized targets and carry out rescue operations to help vessels in distress in its duty areas.
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