September 16, 2015 Interfax
Two small-size gunnery ships of Project 21631, Zelyony Dol and Serpukhov, will join the Black Sea Fleet and are currently undergoing trials in Novorossiysk, Russian Navy Commander-in-Chief Adm. Viktor Chirkov has announced.
"Four more ships of the project are expected to be built to replenish the Black Sea Fleet and all of them will be tested here in Novorossiysk," he said during a working visit to Novorossiysk in the Krasnodar territory where he inspected the construction of infrastructure for the deployment of Black Sea Fleet surface ships and submarines.
"The admiral examined the port area in the Tsemes Bay, the berth space and facilities meant for full-scale deployment of diesel-electric submarines of Project 636 joining the Black Sea Fleet," a report of the Defense Ministry press service and information department received by Interfax-AVN on Sept.16 says.
At the Novorossiysk naval base, Chirkov checked the course of testing small-size gunnery ships of Project 21631 Zelyony Dol and Serpukhov, designed at the Zelenodolsk Design Bureau and built at the Zelenodolsk Shipyard for the Black Sea Fleet surface force.
Speaking of the purpose of the navy base infrastructure in Novorossiysk, Chirkov said that "this infrastructure is part of the general deployment system of ships of the Black Sea Fleet that includes the basing facilities in Crimea and the Krasnodar territory."
"It is meant to guarantee the comprehensive deployment of ships, their maintenance services and also the training and social needs of sailors," Chirkov said as quoted by the Defense Ministry press service.