Yuriy Ivanov-class intelligence collection vessel “Ivan Khurs” officially commissioned into Russian Navy
With a ceremonial St. Andrew's flag hoisting ceremony on June 25, 2018 on board of the Ivan Khurs, the Yuriy Ivanov-class reconnaissance ship of Project 18280 built at St. Petersburg based Severnaya Verf Shipyard has officially entered service with the Russian Black Sea Navy. This is the second ship of Project 18280 series.
The ship design was developed by CDB Iceberg.
The reconnaissance ship was named after Vice-Admiral Ivan Khurs (09.29.1922- 12.28.2002), who contributed to organizing and developing of the permanent naval intelligence service of the Soviet Navy. The Project 18280 communications ship is designed to provide communications and operations control to naval forces, to conduct electronic warfare, gathering radio and electronic intelligence and carrying out the surveillance.
The Ivan Khurs will replace the outdated previous class vessels. The communications vessel features improved performance and energy efficiency, automation control and excellent seaworthiness. The first ship of the series, the Yuri Ivanov was delivered to the Navy in 2014.
General characteristics: Displacement: 4,000 tonnes; LOA: 95m; Breadth: 16; Speed: 20 knots; Cruising range: 8,000 miles; Complement: 131.
The ship was laid on November 14, 2013, launched on May 16, 2017. The ship state trials acceptance certificate was signed on June 18, 2018.
Severnaya Verf Shipyard (formerly Putilovskaya Veft) is part of United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC). The shipyard founded back in 1912 today is a leading shipbuilding company of Russia’s defence sector. The shipyard has built in excess of 600 warships and commercial vessels, including battlecruisers, anti-aircraft ships, submarine chasers, destroyers, passenger ships, bulk cargo and container carriers, Ro-Ro ships, tugboats, PSVs, ferries and floating docks. The shipyard’s orderbook includes serial frigates, corvettes and other purpose vessels.
United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) is the largest shipbuilding company in Russia. It was set up in 2007 with 100% federal ownership. The holding comprises 60 companies and organizations (major shipbuilding and ship repair companies as well as leading naval architecture and marine engineering firms). Currently, USC consolidates about 80% of the domestic shipbuilding complex. The Russian market is the main focus of the state corporation though it also exports its products to 20 countries worldwide.