More Project 22350 frigates are to be built at the Severnaya Shipyard in St. Petersburg, according to local media.
Speaking at the floating out ceremony for the Project 20380 corvette Retivy at Severnaya Shipyard March 12, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexei Krivoruchko was reported as saying:
“I want to assure you, the staff, that the book of orders formed and signed with enterprises of the United Shipbuilding Corporation, in particular, with the Severnaya Shipyard, will enable it to utilize its capacities at least in the next ten years. In the near future, we also expect and will lay the keels of additional frigates.”
It was also reported that the deputy defense minister did not disclose how many more frigates are to be laid down at the shipyard, but specified that he was referring to Project 22350.
Currently, the Russian Navy has one Project 22350 frigate in service, the Admiral Gorshkov. Another frigate, Admiral Kasatonov, is to be commissioned later this year.
The Admiral Gorshkov class is the successor to the Neustrashimyy and Krivak-class frigates. Unlike their Soviet-era predecessors, the new ships are designed for multiple roles and are to be capable of carrying out long-range strikes, anti-submarine warfare and escort missions.