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Russia’s LST Landing Ship Ivan Gren Completes Acceptance Sea Trials

Russia’s Project 11711 large amphibious assault ship Ivan Gren built by the Yantar Shipyard in west Russia has completed its sea trials and returned to the shipyard, shipyard spokesman Sergei Mikhailov said. The Yantar Shipyard is a subsidiary of Russia’s United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC).

Russias LST Landing Ship Ivan Gren Completes Sea TrialsRussia’s Project 11711 large amphibious assault ship Ivan Gren. Yantar Shipyard picture.

"On May 3, the ship Ivan Gren completed the sea stage of its state trials. During the sea trials, the Defense Ministry’s state acceptance commission checked the operation of shipborne systems and mechanisms," Mikhailov said, adding that the trials had been held in the Baltic Sea and attended by shipbuilders and the ship’s crew. The ship Ivan Gren is currently staying at the shipyard. Its equipment is being checked and the finishing work is currently under way. "The ship is planned to be delivered to the customer before the end of May," Mikhailov said.

As it was reported earlier, the state tests of the ship started in November 2017 but were suspended by the customer in late December to resolve the technical problems detected. In March, all the problematic issues were resolved, considering the conclusion made by a Russian Navy special expert commission. This made it possible to resume the state trials of the ship on April 3, 2018.

The Project 11711 lead ship Ivan Gren was developed by the Nevskoye Design Bureau in St. Petersburg in northwest Russia. It was laid down by the Yantar Shipyard in Kaliningrad in west Russia in December 2004 on order of the Russian Defense Ministry and launched in May 2012.

The Yantar Shipyard is building another Project 11711 ship, the Pyotr Morgunov, for the Defense Ministry. The ship is expected to be delivered to the customer in late 2018.
The large amphibious assault ship Ivan Gren carries 13 main battle tanks, 36 armored personnel carriers or infantry fighting vehicles, or 300 Marines.
The ship can deliver a reinforced Marine company with organic military hardware and land it on pontoons.

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