Russian Navy brand new frigate ADMIRAL ESSEN damaged in accident

Russian Navy brand new frigate ADMIRAL ESSEN ran into trouble and was taken to Ship Repair Yard Yantar, Kaliningrad Region, Baltic sea, in November. The ship allided with mooring buoy at Baltiysk Naval Base, trying to moor without tugs in adverse weather conditions. According to sources, including crew members, commander of the ship wanted to order tugs, but superior officers which were on board, namely commander of surface ships division of Black Sea Fleet, ordered him to moor without tugs. The ship allided with buoy, damaging one of the propellers and propeller shaft. Propeller has to be replaced, shaft is to be repaired or replaced. The ship was commissioned in June, and was assigned to Black Sea Fleet, to arrive there on November – most probably, via Syria. Exact date of an accident, and damages suffered (probably damages were more serious than those mentioned), are not revealed.
Admiral Grigorovich class (Project 11356) frigate ADMIRAL ESSEN, displacement 4035 tons, length 124 meters, armament ship-to-ship missiles, anti-submarine missiles, artillery, torpedoes, complement 200. On a photo ADMIRAL ESSEN in better days.

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