Russian patrol boat Vasily Bykov

Patrol boat of the Russian Black Sea Fleet

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Vasily Bykov at the Novorossiysk Naval Base [ru] in 2022
History
RussiaRussia
NameVasily Bykov
BuilderZelenodolsk Shipyard
Laid down26 February 2014
Launched28 August 2017
Commissioned20 December 2018
General characteristics
Class and typeProject 22160

Vasily Bykov (Russian: Василий Быков, romanizedVasiliy Bykov) was a patrol boat of the Russian Navy belonging to the class Project 22160, of which it is the first ship built.[1] It was laid down on 26 February 2014 on the Zelenodolsk Shipyard at Zelenodolsk in Tatarstan, Russia,[2] and launched on 28 August 2017.[1] Vasily Bykov was commissioned on 20 December 2018 in the Novorossiysk Naval Base [ru], becoming part of the Black Sea Fleet.[3]

The ship participated in the attack on Snake Island on 24 February 2022 during the first day of the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine together with the Russian cruiser Moskva. This confrontation ended in the Russian takeover of Snake Island[4] and in the capture of the thirteen Ukrainian border guards that were stationed on the island as prisoners of war.[5]

On 7 March 2022, Ukrainian sources claimed that the Armed Forces of Ukraine had hit the Vasily Bykov with missiles off the coast of Odessa, possibly sinking it.[6][7]

References

  1. ^ a b Ptichkin, Sergey (2 July 2018). "Меняет оружие на ходу". Rossiyskaya Gazeta (in Russian). Archived from the original on 25 February 2022. Retrieved 25 February 2022.
  2. ^ "Заложен патрульный корабль "Василий Быков"". bmpd.livejournal.com (in Russian). 27 February 2022. Archived from the original on 11 November 2017. Retrieved 25 February 2022.
  3. ^ "В состав Черноморского флота приняты патрульный корабль "Василий Быков" и спасательное буксирное судно "Капитан Гурьев"". Telekanal "ZVEZDA" (in Russian). 20 December 2018. Archived from the original on 25 February 2022. Retrieved 25 February 2022.
  4. ^ "Russian Navy Captures Ukraine's Outpost on Snake Island". The Maritime Executive. 24 February 2022. Archived from the original on 25 February 2022. Retrieved 25 February 2022.
  5. ^ "Ukrainian Navy confirms Snake Island soldiers are alive, POWs". The Jerusalem Post. 28 February 2022. Archived from the original on 28 February 2022. Retrieved 28 February 2022.
  6. ^ "По предварительной информации, сегодня ракетным залпом с побережья Одесской области как минимум поврежден патрульный корабль ЧФ РФ "Василий Быков"". www.ukrinform.net. Retrieved 7 March 2022.
  7. ^ "Затопленным российским кораблем может быть "Василий Быков" из оккупированной Керчи". Channel 24 (Ukraine). Retrieved 7 March 2022.


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