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Russian ocean minesweeper project 266M "Akvamarin" Ivan Golubets in Sevastopol, 2005
|Name:||Natya class (Project 266M)|
|Operators:|| Soviet Navy
|Preceded by:||Yurka class minesweeper|
|Succeeded by:||Gorya class minesweeper|
|Subclasses:||Pondicherry class minesweeper|
|In commission:||1970-present day|
|Propulsion:||2 M-503 Diesel engines 5000 hp|
|Speed:||17 knots (31 km/h)|
|Range:||1,500 nautical miles (2,778.0 km) at 12 knots (22 km/h)|
|Crew:||68 (6 officers)|
• MG-69/79 High frequency, hull mounted, active mine detection
• Don 2 I-band air/surface
• 2 × Square Head - High Pole B IFF
• MR-104 Drum Tilt H/I-band fire control
• AT-2 acoustic sweep
• GKT-2 contact sweep
• TEM-3 magnetic sweep
|Armament:||2х2-30 mm AK-230
2 х5 RBU 1200
7 AMD-1000 naval mines or 32 depth charges
underwater mine searcher MKT-210
Sweeps BKT, AT-3, TEM-4
The Natya class were a group of minesweepers built for the Soviet Navy and export customers during the 1970s and '80s. The Soviet designation was Project 266M Akvamarin. The ships were used for ocean minesweeping.
The design evolved from the Yurka class minesweeper with new demining equipment including more advanced sonar and closed circuit TV. A stern ramp made recovering sweeps easier. The hull was built of low magnetic steel. The engines were mounted on sound dampening beams and shrouded propellors were used to reduce noise. An electrical field compensator was also installed. A single ship designated Natya 2 by NATO was built with an aluminium hull for reduced magnetic signature
Forty five ships were built for the Soviet Navy from 1970 to 1982.
13 ships believed to remain in Service
2 ships in service
- U310 Chernihiv
- U311 Cherkasy
12 ships built for the Indian Navy in two batches between 1978 and 1988. Ship design was modified to Indian specifications. Known as the Pondicherry class minesweeper in Indian Service. 5 Ships have been decommissioned leaving 7 in active service. To be replaced by Future Indian minehunter class.
8 ships transferred 1981-86
2 ships captured in February 2011
One ship in 1986
- Gardiner, Robert (ed.). Conway's all the World's Fighting Ships 1947-1995. London: Conway Maritime. ISBN 0-85177-605-1. OCLC 34284130. Also published as Gardiner, Robert; Chumbley, Stephen; Budzbon, Przemysław. Conway's all the World's Fighting Ships 1947-1995. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 1-55750-132-7. OCLC 34267261.
- page in English from flot
- All Natya Class Minesweepers - Complete Ship List (English)
- "266* Akvamarine/Natya I/II class | Russian Military Analysis". Warfare.be. Retrieved 2013-09-03.