Russia plans to simultaneously lay six warships and submarines in various shipyards at the end of April, TASS reported, citing an unnamed source.
“On April 28, two universal landing ships at the Zaliv plant in Crimea, two frigates of project 22350 at the Severnaya Verf in St. Petersburg and two project 855M multipurpose submarines at Sevmash in Severodvinsk should be laid,” the source said.
He noted that “the construction of the combat fleet continues as planned, despite the epidemic of coronavirus and the reduction of work shifts in many enterprises.”
The source specified that “April 28 is the date for which this is all planned, it can be postponed for a day or two.”
Severnaya Verf and Sevmash (members of the United Shipbuilding Corporation, USC) did not comment on the information.
The press service of the Zaliv plant, in turn, noted that at the moment they did not have any official data on the laying date of the two universal landing ships.
As the head of USC Aleksey Rakhmanov reported to Russian President Vladimir Putin on April 9th, after the announcement of the anti-COVID-19 measures in Russia, only 32% to 55% of workers went to work at the USC enterprises due to the coronavirus.
According to the head of the corporation, from this week the number of personnel involved will be increased to 56-62%. Rakhmanov added that USC is in compliance with all the rules and regulations introduced in connection with quarantine.
At Sevmash, the largest USC nuclear-submarine-building enterprise, it was reported that it had resumed normal operation on April 20th, only employees over 65 remained at home. Personnel are given masks, employees’ temperature is measured at the entrances, a distance of one and a half meters between people is observed.
The Project 22350 Admiral Gorshkov-class warships are multipurpose frigates of the far sea and ocean zone, equipped with guided missiles. The Project 855M Yasen-class submarines are fourth-generation nuclear submarines, equipped with cruise missiles.
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