Yurka-class minesweeper

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Class overview
Name: Yurka class (Project 266 Rubin)
Operators:  Soviet Navy
 Egyptian Navy
 Vietnamese People's Navy
Preceded by: T58 class minesweeper
Succeeded by: Natya class minesweeper
In commission: 1963-1990s
Completed: 52
General characteristics
Displacement: 873 tons
Length: 52 meters
Beam: 9.4 meters
Draught: 2.6 meters
Propulsion: 2 M-503 Diesel engines 5000 hp
Speed: 16 knots (30 km/h)
Range: 1,500 nautical miles (2,778.0 km) at 12 knots (22 km/h)
Endurance: 7 days
Crew: 68 (6 officers)
Electronic warfare
and decoys:
Minesweeping:
• 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 Yurka class were a group of minesweepers built for the Soviet Navy and export customers between 1963 and 1970. The Soviet designation was Project 266 Rubin.

Design[edit]

A new ocean minesweeper design was requested in 1957 to follow the T43 class minesweeper into the Soviet Navy. The design was approved in 1959 and entered service in 1963. Major improvements in mine detection and anti mine explosion protection were implemented. Magnetic, acoustic and electric signatures were reduced. The hull was built of low magnetic steel.

Ships[edit]

Soviet Navy[edit]

About 41 ships were built for the Soviet Navy, One ship was lost to an accidental explosion in the Black Sea in 1989. All the Ships were decommissioned by the mid-1990s

Egyptian Navy[edit]

Fours ships transferred in 1969 - in service 2008

Vietnam Navy[edit]

Two ships transferred in 1979 - in service 2008

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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, MD: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 1-55750-132-7. OCLC 34267261.