New Russian Navy's corvette Mercury begins sea trials

According to information published by Военный Осведомитель on May 23, 2022, the new Project 20380 (Steregushchiy-class) corvette Mercury for the Russian Navy went on sea trials.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Russian Project 20380 corvette Mercury (Picture source: Военный Осведомитель)

Retiviy is a Steregushchiy-class corvette of the Russian Navy. The ship's name was reported to have changed to Mercury in 2021. The corvette was laid down on 20 February 2015 and launched on 12 March 2020 by Severnaya Verf in Saint Petersburg.

The Steregushchiy class, Russian designation Project 20380, is a class of corvettes being built for the Russian Navy. Designed by the Almaz Central Marine Design Bureau, subsequent vessels were built to an improved design (Project 20381), incorporating the Zaslon-Redut SAM system. The export variant is known as Project 20382 Tigr.

The corvette has a displacement of 1800 tons, a total of 2220 tons. The length is the largest at 104.5 meters, width 13 meters, and maximum draft of 7.95 meters. It has a maximum speed of 27 knots and has a cruising range of 4000 miles.

The Steregushchiy-class corvettes have a steel hull and composite material superstructure, with a bulbous bow and nine watertight subdivisions. They have a combined bridge and command center, and space and weight provision for eight SS-N-25 missiles. Stealth technology was widely used during the construction of the ships, as well as 21 patents and 14 new computer programs.

The ship is armed with 100 mm A-190 Arsenal (or 130 mm A-192 naval gun), Kashtan CIWS-M, four Kh-35, two AK-630M CIWS, and two 14.5 mm MTPU pedestal machine guns.