New photos show damaged Russian corvette after the attack by Ukrainian forces
New photos surfaced early Friday on social media showing the Russian Buyan-M class corvette, believed to be Velikiy Ustyug, damaged “slightly” during an attack by Ukrainian Forces off the coast Odesa coast.
The images show the corvette Velikiy Ustyug redeploying from the Sea of Azov to the Caspian for repairs. Apparently, the warship was seriously damaged by artillery from the BM-21 Grad system in March.
Buyan-M class corvette (pr 21631) armed with Kalibr missiles. The ships are mainly designed to operate in the coastal areas to protect the vast coastal areas of Russia. Due to their small tonnage, they can operate even in the shallow regions of the oceans and seas as well as the river system of Russia.
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In addition, the corvettes are equipped with 100mm A-190 guns and AK-630-2 Duet small-sized anti-aircraft guns. They also carry the Gibka 3M-47 launchers. The length of the corvette is 75 meters, displacement of 949 tons, speed 25 knots. Automatic navigation is ten days, range is 2.5 thousand miles. The crew consisted of 52 people.
Some sources believe that the ship was damaged in an incident while moored and was deployed to the Caspian Sea to participate in a naval review.
Russian officials denied that a Russian warship was damaged, but new photos confirm that the corvette received shrapnel from multiple missile launches.
The Kremlin has repeatedly tried to hide the truth about the attack on its ships, including the cruiser Moskva.