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Patrolling for a short time: what is known about the Russian ship "Sergei Kotov" sunk in Crimea

Defense forces attacked the Russian patrol ship "Sergei Kotov"

On the night of March 5, the Russian patrol ship Sergei Kotov was sunk in the temporarily occupied Crimea. This vessel joined the Russian Black Sea Fleet only in 2022.

Moreover, the Ukrainian Defense Forces had been hunting for this warship for quite some time, and this was not the first attempt to sink the vessel. OBOZ.UA will tell you more about the patrol ship "Sergei Kotov".

According to the DIU, the attack on the patrol ship of the Russian Black Sea Fleet "Sergei Kotov" was carried out by a special unit called "Group 13". This operation took place within the framework of cooperation between the DIU and the Ukrainian Navy with the support of the Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine.

As a result of the attack by Magura V5 maritime drones, the Russian Project 22160 ship "Sergei Kotov" sustained damage to the stern, starboard, and port sides. The attack took place in Ukraine's territorial waters, near the Kerch Strait.

The value of the sunken ship is approximately $65 million. Approximately 80 people could have been on board. The attack resulted in deaths and injuries. Part of the crew was able to evacuate, so the exact information is being clarified. According to the GUR, the occupants called at least 10 ambulances to the land territory.

What is known about the ship?

"Sergei Kotov" is the newest patrol ship of the 22160 project of a series of 4 patrol boats. It was launched at the Zatoka shipyard in January 2021. Sea trials began at the end of October 2021, and only on July 30, 2022, the ship joined the Russian Black Sea Fleet.

Patrolling for a short time: what is known about the Russian ship ''Sergei Kotov'' sunk in Crimea
Patrolling for a short time: what is known about the Russian ship ''Sergei Kotov'' sunk in Crimea

This ship is equipped with a variety of weapons, including the AK-176MA artillery system, the Shtil-1 anti-aircraft missile system, the 3M-47 Gibka short-range air defense system, and the DP-65 anti-subversive grenade launcher. In addition, this frigate can carry a Ka-27PS helicopter.

The Ukrainian defense forces have been hunting for this patrol ship for a long time. Officially, there have been at least three attacks on it by naval drones. In particular, in July, August, and September 2023.

In September last year, during an attack on Russian Black Sea Fleet ships, the Sergei Kotov was already seriously damaged.

In Russia, this type of ship is considered one of the most modern. At the moment, four such ships have been launched: Vasily Bykov, Dmitry Rogachev, Pavel Derzhavin, and Sergei Kotov. So far, only the Dmitry Rogachev has not been damaged.

Patrolling for a short time: what is known about the Russian ship ''Sergei Kotov'' sunk in Crimea

Specifications:

Speed: 30 knots

Sailing range: 6 thousand miles at 16 knots

Autonomy: 60 days

Crew: up to 80 people

Displacement: 1300 tons

Length: 94 meters

Beam: 14 meters

Draft: 3.4 meters

Power plant: two marine diesel engines with a total capacity of 34,000 hp.

Patrolling for a short time: what is known about the Russian ship ''Sergei Kotov'' sunk in Crimea

Earlier, the moment when a Russian ship was hit in Crimea was posted online. Eyewitnesses filmed the moment when a large explosion occurred near the enemy ship. Intense shooting, probably from a large-caliber machine gun, is also heard on the recording. According to preliminary data, the Russian invaders were trying to destroy the naval drones that attacked the ship.

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