Russian Navy takes delivery of minesweeper Vladimir Yemelyanov

United Shipbuilding Corporation’s (USC) Sredne-Nevksy Shipbuilding Plant has handed over the newbuild Project 12700 minesweeper Vladimir Yemelyanov to the Russian Navy.

The vessel is designed to deploy mine detection and destruction equipment using unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) and unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) but is also armed with a 30-millimetre autocannon and Igla surface-to-air missiles (SAMs) for self-defence.

Vladimir Yemelyanov is the second Project 12700 or Alexandrit-class minesweeper to be assigned to the Black Sea Fleet after sister vessel Ivan Antonov.

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