Russian Vympel Shipyard completes sea trials of Lamantin-class coastguard boat of project 1496M1

According to information released by the Russian press agency TASS on October 5, 2020, Russian Vympel Shipyard of the Kalashnikov Group completed trials and signed the acceptance act for Lamantin-class coastguard boat of project 1496M1, the Kalashnikov said.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001Lamantin-class coastguard boat of project 1496M1. (Picture source BMPD LiveJournal)

“The fourth boat of the series is named the Grif. It will soon leave for the Black Sea,” it said. It is the project’s second modernized boat out of a series of 5 vessels which the Vympel Shipyard is building in the interests of the Border Service of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB).

The boat was upgraded according to the requirements of the Russian Border Service. Effective weapons, modern navigational and communication equipment provide a broad range of functions in brown waters.

The boat can tow vessels with a displacement of 500 tons at a speed of 4 knots in coastal waters and carry up to eight tons of cargo, including three tons on the deck.

Project 1496M1 boats control inland seas and territorial waters, inspect and detain violators, carry cargoes and border guards, assist distressed vessels, extinguish fires in vessels and coastal facilities.

Project 1496M1 patrol boat is designed to observe the established regimes in internal sea waters and Russia’s territorial waters; detain violator ships, including high-speed vessels and boats; check the observance of the state border regime in open ports and at roadsteads; assist ships in distress located at internal and external roadsteads and extinguish fire on vessels and at onshore facilities.

The upgraded 1496M1 patrol boat has an improved hull. Its speed and carrying capacity have nearly doubled. The sea-going performance and the living conditions for the crew have also improved. The boat is equipped with a fire-extinguishing system to help ships in distress. All engines, generators and pumps are Russian-made. The main power plant consists of three diesel gear-reduction units.

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