A frigate for the Indian Navy was launched in Kaliningrad

At the Baltic shipyard "Yantar" in Kaliningrad, a solemn ceremony of naming and launching the frigate Tushil took place. This is the first of two ships of Project 11356, built at the plant by order of India.

The Project 11356 frigate was laid down at Yantar in 2013 under the name Admiral Butakov by order of the Russian Defense Ministry, the press service of the plant said. Later, its construction was suspended. It continued after Russia and India in 2016 entered into an intergovernmental agreement on the completion of two ships of this project for the Indian Navy.

Indian Ambassador to Russia Venkatesh Varma, who took part in the ceremony, stressed that these ships are evidence of many years of friendship, as well as the result of long-term military cooperation and reflect the strategic relationship between the two countries.

“We highly appreciate the trust of the Indian customer, who has decided to continue the construction of Project 11356 frigates at Yantar,” noted Ilya Samarin, general director of the Yantar shipyard.

Two godmothers took part in launching the frigate. The wife of the ambassador, Mrs. Datla Vidya Varma, according to Indian tradition, giving the ship a name, smashed a coconut on its stem. On the Russian side, a bottle of champagne was smashed against the side of the ship by the plant's leading process engineer Natalya Palamarchuk. Tushil was then moved to a floating dock for launching.

On the second ship of this project - Tamala - the slipway stage of construction is nearing completion. It is scheduled to be launched early next year. The transfer of two frigates to the customer should take place in 2023, according to the terms of the contract.

Earlier, in 2012-13, three Project 11356 frigates were built at the Kaliningrad plant for the Indian Navy: Tag, Tarkash and Trikand. At that time, the BrahMos missile system was installed on them for the first time, a product of the successful integration of the technological capabilities of Russia and India.

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