Natya-class minesweeper

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Russian ocean minesweeper project 266M "Akvamarin" Ivan Golubets in Sevastopol, 2005
Class overview
Name: Natya class (Project 266M)
Preceded by: Yurka class minesweeper
Succeeded by: Gorya class minesweeper
Subclasses: Pondicherry class minesweeper
Built: 1970s-2001
In commission: 1970-present day
Completed: 45?
General characteristics
Displacement: 873 tons
Length: 61 meters
Beam: 10.2 meters
Draught: 3.6 meters
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)
Endurance: 7 days
Crew: 68 (6 officers)
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • Sonar:
  • MG-69/79 High frequency, hull mounted, active mine detection
  • Radar:
  • Don 2 I-band air/surface
  • 2 × Square Head - High Pole B IFF
  • MR-104 Drum Tilt H/I-band fire control
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
  • Minesweeping:
  • AT-2 acoustic sweep
  • GKT-2 contact sweep
  • TEM-3 magnetic sweep
  • 2х2-30 mm AK-230
  • 2х2-25-m 2М-3М
  • 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 1980s. 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.


Displacement: 852 tons. Armament: 1x6 30mm gun mount AK-306, 2x1 14.5 mm machine-gun installation MTPU-1, high-speed pin sweep BKT, electromagnetic sweep TEM-4, acoustic sweep AT-3, depth charge SZ-1 or SZ-2, mine detector-finder "Livadia". Crew: 60 people.

Pr.02668 designed by Design Bureau "Almaz" and is a prototype, which demonstrates the latest technology - the logical continuation of a series of pr.266ME. The minesweeper is equipped with the most modern means of anti-mine protection. The project 02668 for the first time in the Russian mine-sweeping ships introduced integrated navigation bridge and the main command center, as well as automated control system of anti-mine action activities "Diez-E."

St. Andrew's flag-raising ceremony was held on 17.01.2009, the ship was accepted into the Russian Black Sea Fleet.[1]


Forty five ships were built for the Soviet Navy from 1970 to 1982.

Russian Navy

10 ships believed to remain in Service

Ukrainian Navy

2 ships in service

Indian Navy

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.

Libyan Navy

8 ships transferred 1981-86


2 ships captured in February 2011

Syrian Navy

One ship in 1986

Yemen Navy

One ship

See also