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Two new harbour patrol boats for Russian Navy

6th December 2016 - 12:00 GMT | by Alexander Mladenov, Krassimir Grozev in Sofia


Russia’s Northern Fleet reported taking on strength in November with the addition of two newly-built Project 21980 Grachanok harbour protection boats. 

Built by Rybinsk-based Vympel shipyard both of these are based in Gadzhievo, the main nuclear submarine base of the Northern Fleet, housing Delta II and Akula submarines. The hull numbers of the newly-delivered boats are 699 and 669, but no names have been announced yet.

Officially referred to as counter-sabotage boat, the Project 21980 is mainly intended for patrolling inside the Russian naval bases to counter attacks of combat divers or terrorists against shore-based naval installations and ships.


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Alexander Mladenov


Alexander Mladenov

Alexander Mladenov is a Shephard correspondent based in Sofia, Bulgaria.

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Krassimir Grozev


Krassimir Grozev

Krassimir is a journalist based in Sofia, Bulgaria

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