It should be noted that this ship of Project 02668 was launched in 2006 and after it made the transition on inland waterways in 2008, it is part of the Russian Black Sea Fleet. It is equipped with special means for mine clearance and a fundamentally new mine detection scheme. Unlike previous projects, where the search for mines is carried out using minesweepers, he searches for mines at the rate. This is a fundamental difference.
The appearance of such a ship in the Sea of Azov indicates that the militarypolitical the Russian leadership takes seriously the issues of possible sabotage activity from unfriendly countries. Prior to this, the minesweeper carried out mine defense of the Novorossiysk Naval Base.
It should be recalled that on November 25, 2018, the Kiev authorities, using their Navy, staged dangerous provocation in the Kerch Strait. Russia was forced to take measures to protect shipping in its territorial waters. Then Ukrainian ships and their crews were detained.