Russian Amur shipyard holds keel laying ceremong for Bystry corvette

According to information published by Tass on July 4, 2022, the Amur Shipyard in Komsomolsk-on-Amur said it held the keel-laying ceremony of the Bystry corvette of project 20385.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Keel laying ceremony of the Russian Project 20385 Bystry (Picture source: PortNews)

Pacific fleet Commander Admiral Sergey Avakyants, Amur Shipyard CEO Vladimir Kulakov, First Deputy Governor of Khabarovsk region Alexander Nikitin and Komsomolsk-on-Amur Mayor Alexander Zhornik participated in the event.

The Bystry is built for the Pacific fleet. The Gremyashchy lead corvette of the project has also operated in the fleet since 2021. The Amur Shipyard is also building the Buyny and the Razumny corvettes of project 20385 for the Pacific fleet. It previously produced the Sovershenny, the Gromky, and the Aldar Tsydenzhapov corvettes of project 20380 for the fleet.

Avakyants inspected the construction of all warships for the Pacific fleet, including the Rzhev, the Udomlya, the Ussuriysk, the Pavlovsk small missile ships of project 22800, the Grozny, and the Bravy corvettes of project 20380, as well as the Buyny and the Razumny.

About Project 20385

The Gremyashchiy class, Russian designation Project 20385, is an update of the Steregushchiy-class corvettes of the Russian Navy. This follow-on project was designed by the Almaz Central Marine Design Bureau in Saint Petersburg.

Although classified as corvettes by the Russian Navy, these ships carry sensors and weapon systems akin to frigates and, as a result, are so classified by NATO.

They have a steel hull and composite superstructure, with a bulbous bow and nine watertight subdivisions. These new ships are equipped with a UKSK VLS system comprising eight launchers for either Kalibr, Oniks, or Zircon anti-ship/cruise missiles. The Redut VLS system with 16 launchers has been placed on the stern.