Russian Navy Baltic Fleet Ships Visit Oman in Long-distance Deployment

The Rusian Baltic Fleet’s corvette Stoiky and tanker Kola made a planned business call at the Omani port of Salalah in their long-distance deployment. During the second business call since the start of the deployment at the Omani port that will last through March 14, the Russian combat ship and the tanker will replenish fresh water and food supplies. The naval ships would continue accomplishing assigned missions after wrapping up their business call. The ships’ equipment and armament are operating in the normal mode. The sailors have carried out planned maintenance work on all the ships’ systems.

On December 16, 2020, the Baltic Fleet’s naval group comprising the corvette Stoiky, the medium sea tanker Kola and the sea tug Yakov Grebelsky deployed to the sea from the home naval base of Baltiysk for accomplishing planned long-distance deployment tasks. On February 15 and 16, the Stoiky and the Kola participated in the joint Russian-Iranian naval exercise in the Gulf of Oman and the northwestern Indian Ocean. The corvette Stoiky and the tanker Kola that have marine corps anti-terror squads on their board escorted two foreign-flagged civilian vessels through the Gulf of Aden into the Arabian Sea to protect them against potential pirate attacks.

Stoikiy is a Steregushchiy-class corvette of the Russian Navy. Stoikiy was laid down on 10 November 2006, and launched on 30 May 2012 by Severnaya Verf in Saint Petersburg. She was commissioned on 18 July 2014. In April 2015, as part of a detachment of ships of the Baltic Fleet (Boikiy, Stoikiy, Soobrazitelny and Steregushchiy), together with naval aviation at a training ground in the Baltic Sea, he performed tasks in anti-aircraft and anti-submarine defense. The Steregushchiy-class corvettes have a steel hull and composite material superstructure, with a bulbous bow and nine watertight subdivisions. They have a combined bridge and command centre, and space and weight provision for eight SS-N-25 missiles.