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Russian corvette returns to home after cruise missile firings in the Arctic

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The Russian Baltic Fleet’s missile corvette Sovetsk returned to its home naval base in Baltiysk in the Kaliningrad Region on Monday following successful cruise missile firings in the White Sea, according to the Fleet’s press office.

Corvette missile Sovetsk successfully launched a Kalibr cruise missile from the White Sea, the press office stated. The missile was directed at a coastal target at the Chizha proving ground in the northwestern Arkhangelsk Region.

“The small missile ship Sovetsk transited from the Northern Fleet to the Baltic Fleet. The warship travelled over 4,000 nautical miles, passing through the White Sea-Baltic Canal, Lake Ladoga, the Neva River, the Gulf of Finland, and the Baltic Sea “In a statement, the press office stated.

The crew of the missile corvette Sovetsk deployed to the Northern Fleet’s naval training ranges in late August and fired a Kalibr cruise missile against a coastal target at the Chizha proving ground. According to the statement, data recorders indicate that the cruise missile successfully struck the coastal target at a range of more than 1,000 kilometres.

“After replenishing supplies and resting, the crew of the small missile ship Sovetsk began carrying out the Baltic Fleet’s planned combat training measures,” the press office stated.

The Karakurt-class missile corvettes are a class of Russian green-water multipurpose missile/artillery warships developed under Project 22800. Corvettes of this class were developed by specialists at the Almaz Central Design Bureau for Marine Engineering in St. Petersburg (a subsidiary of the United Shipbuilding Corporation). They are distinguished by their high seaworthiness and handling characteristics. They are based on the most advanced domestic technologies, enabling them to operate effectively in both northern and southern latitudes as part of fleet taskforces.

The Karakurt-class corvettes have a displacement of approximately 800 tonnes, a top speed of over 30 knots, and a sea endurance of 15 days. They are armed with upgraded AK-176MA 76.2mm artillery guns and Kalibr-NK cruise missiles.

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