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R-239


R-239 (hull number 953) is a Project 12411 missile boat designed for destruction of enemy warships, transport and assult vessels, terrorist groups in the sea and in the bases; protection of ships and vessels from surface and air attacks.

REGISTRATION

Black Sea Fleet

CONSTRUCTION

Missile boat R-239 (serial number 214) was laid down at Srednenevsky Shipyard on April 30, 1991; put afloat on August 23, 1991 and commissioned into Black Sea Fleet on March 23, 1992.

The boat serves in the 41-st Missile Boat Brigade based in the Karantinnaya Bay (Sevastopol).

In 2004, it was supposed to lay up the boat for interim overhaul, and not only replace main propulsion plants but to plant the newest gun/missile antiaircraft system Palash instead of two stern gun mounts AK-630. However, it was another Black Sea Fleet missile boat to receive that system first R-60 and only in 2005.

MILESTONES

Through her service in the Russian Navy right up to the present days, crews of the boat have carried out 10 missile launches, 56 gun firing drills, and over 60 times held the fleet and air defense patrols.

This missile boat was once commanded by Capt Lt V. Budanov

PERFORMANCE

Speed: 41 knots (full)
Fuel range: 400 nautical miles at 36 knots, 1 600 nautical miles at 14 knots, 2 400 nautical miles at 12 knots
Crew: 40 men

DIMENSIONS

Displacement: 436 tons (standard), 493 tons (full)
Length: 56.1 meters (overall), 49.5 meters (at design waterline)
Beam: 10.2 meters (overall), 8.74 meters (at design waterline)
Draft: 2.5 meters (at hull level, full load), 4.15 meters (at screw level)

POWERPLANT

2 x 4,000-shp diesel engines M-510, 2 x 12,000-shp gas turbines M-70; 2 propeller screws

ARMAMENT

1 x 1 76-mm gun mount AK-176
2 x 6 30-mm antiaircraft gun system AK-630
2 x 2 launchers of antiship missiles Moskit
1 MANPADS Igla