Sonya-class minesweeper

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BT-226-Kolomna1994.jpg
Russian Navy minesweeper BT-226-Kolomna in 1994
Class overview
Name: Sonya class (Project 1260)
Operators:  Soviet Navy
 Azerbaijani Navy
 Bulgarian Navy
 Cuban Navy
 Russian Navy
 Syrian Navy
 Ukrainian Navy
 Vietnamese People's Navy
Preceded by: Zhenya class minesweeper
Built: 1971–1991
In commission: 1971 – present day
Completed: 72
Retired: ?
General characteristics
Type: coastal minesweeper
Displacement: 400 tons standard, 450 tons full load
Length: 48.8 meters
Beam: 8.8 meters
Draught: 2.1 meters
Propulsion: 2 shaft diesel engines 2400 hp
Speed: 15 knots (28 km/h)
Range: 3,000 nautical miles (5,556.0 km) at 10 knots (19 km/h)
Endurance: 10 days
Crew: 43
Sensors and
processing systems:
radar: Spin Trough
Sonar; MG-89
Armament: 2 - 30mm guns (1x2)
2 x 25mm guns (1x2)
Sweeps GKT, PEMT-2, ST-2

The Sonya class were a group of minesweepers built for the Soviet Navy and Soviet allies between 1971 and 1991. The Soviet designation is Project 1265 Yakhont.

Design[edit]

A wooden hulled coastal minehunter, built as a successor to the Vanya class with new sweeps and more effective sonar. A central safe explosion proof area is fitted and all key systems can be remote controlled from there.

Ships[edit]

HQ-862 Sonya-class minesweeper of Vietnam People's Navy

A total of 72 ships were built by Uliis yard in the Vladivostok and Avangard yards in Petrozavodsk between 1971 and 1991. One ship, the BT-730, was lost in an accident in 1985. Another unit collided with a Swedish surveillance ship (HMS Orion) east of Gotland in the Baltic in November 1985.[1]

Russian Navy[edit]

26 ships active with 14 in reserve [2]

Ukrainian Navy[edit]

2 ships in service

  • U330 Melitopol
  • U331 Mariupol

Azerbaijan Navy[edit]

2 ships in service

Bulgarian Navy[edit]

4 ships transferred

Cuban Navy[edit]

4 ships transferred

Syrian Navy[edit]

1 ship transferred

Vietnamese Navy[edit]

4 ships transferred

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Gardiner, Robert (ed.) (1995). 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 (1995). Conway's all the World's Fighting Ships 1947-1995. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 1-55750-132-7. OCLC 34267261. 

  1. ^ "Военно-Морская Коллекция -> Корабли". Navycollection.narod.ru. 1985-11-27. Retrieved 2011-12-29. 
  2. ^ "1265 Yakhont/Sonya class | Russian Military Analysis". Warfare.ru. Retrieved 2011-12-28.