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Third Grachonok-Class Antiterror Boat Heads for Home Station

Third Grachonok-Class Antiterror Boat Heads for Home Station 30.08.2012
Text: Korabli.eu
Photo: korabli.eu
Project 21980 Grachonok counter-sabotage boat (serial number 983) departed from Zelenodolsk and is heading for the Black Sea via inland waterways.

The boat was laid down at JSC Zelenodolsk Shipyard on May 6, 2011 and launched on June 16, 2012. When all trials are over, the boat will join Black Sea Fleet becoming the third craft of this type in Russian Navy.

It is not the first new naval asset transferred to homebase via inland waterways. In this year, research ship Seliger, corvettes Dagestan and Volgodonsk, and seagoing tug MB-12 successfully reached their stations in the same way.

Recall that Grachonok-class boats are designed to counter terrorist and sabotage forces in basing sites of Russian Navy. Thanks to perfect performance characteristics, good seaworthiness, up-to-date radioelectronics, powerplant and new diving system, boats of this project are capable to cope with wide range of tasks.

Basic characteristics of Project 21980 special-purpose boat:

Displacement: about 140 tons
Dimensions: length 30 meters; beam 7.3 meters; draft 1.8 meters
Full speed: 23 knots
Fuel range: 200 miles
Endurance: 5 days
Crew: 6 men

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