Russia’s new large amphibious assault ship Ivan Gren has successfully completed sea trials on the Baltic coast, TASS reports.
"On Thursday, May 3, the seaborne part of the state trials of the large amphibious assault ship Ivan Gren was completed. During the sea trials, the operation of the warship’s systems and complexes was checked by the state acceptance commission of Russia’s Defense Ministry," Yantar Shipyard spokesman Sergei Mikhailov told TASS on Friday.
The Ivan Gren is currently staying in the shipyard’s harbor while works have started on its board to review its equipment and carry out finishing work, he added.
"The warship is planned to be delivered to the customer until the end of May," Mikhailov said.
The state trials of the advanced amphibious assault ship Ivan Gren started in November 2017 but were suspended by the customer in late December to deal with technical problems that had emerged. The warship’s trials restarted on April 3, 2018 after the technical problems had been solved.
The Project 11711 large amphibious assault 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 and launched in May 2012. Its sea trials began in June 2016.
On November 30, 2017, the large amphibious assault ship Ivan Gren started undergoing state trials in the Baltic Sea.
The Yantar Shipyard is building another Project 11711 warship, the Pyotr Morgunov, which is expected to be delivered to the Russian Navy in late 2018.
The Ivan Gren can carry 13 main battle tanks, 36 armored personnel carriers or infantry fighting vehicles, or up to 300 marines. The amphibious assault ship can also transport a reinforced marine infantry company with organic military hardware and land it with the use of pontoons. It is armed with 30mm six-barrel artillery systems and two Kamov Ka-29 transport/attack helicopters in its deck hangars.