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St. Petersburg's Severnaya Verf shipyard on Thursday started construction of a new corvette for the Russian Navy.
The project 20385 corvette is a larger and improved version of the Steregushchy class corvette. It uses stealth technology to reduce the ship's secondary radar field, as well as its acoustic, infrared, magnetic and visual signatures.
"It is a fundamentally new ship for the Russian Navy; its performance and combat power surpass other ships of the same class," Severnaya Verf said in a statement.
Severnaya Verf is currently fulfilling 75 percent of state orders for the construction of warships for all four Russian fleets.
The shipyard has four Steregushchy class corvettes, two Admiral Gorshkov class frigates and a Project 18280 intelligence ship.
Severnaya Verf is also fulfilling orders to upgrade four Koni class frigates for the Algerian navy.
ST. PETERSBURG, May 26 (RIA Novosti)
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Sevastopol became Russia’s main naval base on the Black Sea, a role it was to play for many years. A total of 25,000 servicemen, not including civilian staff, are employed at the Black fleet’s facilities. When the families of these servicemen are taken into account, this figure grows to more than 100,000 people.