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The frigate Admiral Kasatonov cruises to the Atlantic Ocean.

| 2021

According to information published by Tass on April 2, 2021, the Admiral Kasatonov frigate of project 22350 of the Northern fleet completed its mission in the Mediterranean Sea and sailed to the Atlantic Ocean, the Defense Ministry said.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001Admiral Gorshkov class frigate, Admiral Kasatonov 461 (Picture source: Russian ministry of Defence)

“The frigate sailed Gibraltar Strait to the west. It is accompanied by the Nikolai Chiker rescue tug and the Vyazma tanker,” it said.

The frigate trained antisubmarine missions with Ka-27PL helicopter and refueled from the tanker. It will hold several drills in the Atlantic Ocean.

The Admiral Kasatonov has sailed close to 17 thousand nautical miles since December 30, 2020 and called at ports of Algeria, Greece, Egypt, Cyprus, Syria, and Turkey.

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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