Russian Navy Nanuchka-class small missile ship to conduct live-firing exercise in Barents Sea

According to information published by the Russian press agency TASS on January 12, 2021, the Kola Flotilla’s Iceberg small missile ship of Russian Navy (NATO reporting name: Nanuchka class) has gone to the Barents Sea to hold artillery live-firing against seaborne, aerial and coastal targets, the Russian Defense Ministry’s press office said.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001Russian Navy Nanuchka-class small missile ship.  (Picture source Twitter International Naval & Maritime News)

“The crews of shipborne AK-176 and AK-630 artillery systems will practice repelling the attacks of a simulated enemy’s air-launched weapons from medium altitudes. The small missile ship will also conduct live-firing against seaborne targets, imitating an artillery engagement with the simulated enemy’s surface ship,” the press office said.

Besides, crews of the missiles/gunnery department will hit coastal exposed targets and eliminate sea mines and small surface targets. Before returning to the base, the Iceberg ship will practice anti-frogman techniques and maneuvering in limited-visibility and heavy traffic conditions.

The Nanuchka-class, Russian designation Project 1234 Ovod is a series of corvettes (small missile ships) designed and built for the Russian Navy. These ships were designed around the P-120 Malakhit ("Siren") anti-ship missile.

The Nanuchka-class is powered by three Diesel shaft developing 30,000 hp. The ship can reach a top speed of 32 knots (59 km/h) with a cruising of 2,500 nautical miles (4,630 km) at 12 kn (22 km/h) or 900 nmi (1,667 km) at 30 kn (56 km/h). She has a crew of 60 people. 

The Nanuchka-class ships were upgraded to version II, II, and IV. The ship is armed with six P-120 (SS-N-9 'Siren') (2x3) or 4 x P-15 (SS-N-2 'Styx') (export ships) anti-ship missiles, 16 Kh-35 (SS-N-25 'Switchblade') anti-ship cruise missiles (for Nanuchka III), 20 4K33 (SA-N-4 'Gecko') surface-to-air missile, Twin 57mm AK-257 gun ( for Nanuchka I), one 76mm AK-176 gun (for Nanuchka III) and one 30mm AK-630 gun (for Nanuchka III). 

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