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City news, 26.02.2005 14:08

New Gunboat Laid out in St.Petersburg

Almaz Shipyard The first Project 21630 gunboat for the Russian Navy will be laid down at the Almaz shipyard in St. Petersburg on Friday.

RIA Novosti was told in the Almaz press service that the boat with the displacement of 500 metric tons was designed in the federal state unitary enterprise Zelenodolskoye Design Bureau.

The first Project 21630 gunboat was named Kaspiisk and is designed to protect the 200-mile Russian economic zone in the Caspian Sea.

In spring 2003, Almaz won the tender held by the Russian Navy to build Project 21630 type ship named Astrakhan.

Astrakhan is to be built by the end of 2005. Kaspiisk is to be put on combat duty in 2007. Both ships will protect Russian borders in the Caspian Sea.

News source: www.en.rian.ru

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