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Ukraine Destroyed an Enemy Missile Ship That Had Not Even Left Shipyard For the First Time in History

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The very moment of hitting russia’s Project 22800 Karakurt-class missile corvette Askold during the attack on the Zaliv shipyard in the temporarily occupied Kerch on November 4, 2023 / Open source photo
The very moment of hitting russia’s Project 22800 Karakurt-class missile corvette Askold during the attack on the Zaliv shipyard in the temporarily occupied Kerch on November 4, 2023 / Open source photo

We are talking about Project 22800 Karakurt-class latest missile corvette Askold, which was hit by a long-range weapon that is currently in the arsenal of the Ukrainian army. The occupiers had to rebuild the corvette almost "from scratch"

Photos have appeared in the public domain that do not confirm the fact that the russian missile corvette Askold was attacked during the attack on the Zaliv plant in the temporarily occupied Kerch.

These photos also show that the ship received critical damage to very important elements, after which the corvette had to be rebuilt again, literally "from scratch". Thus, Ukraine became the first in the history of the country to destroy an enemy missile ship, which even did not leave the shipyard and was not commissioned into its fleet.

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Ukraine Destroyed an Enemy Missile Ship That Had Not Even Left Shipyard For the First Time in History, The results of the attack on the russian corvette Askold as a result of the attacks on the Zaliv shipyard in the temporarily occupied Kerch, November 6, 2023 / Open source photo, Defense Express
The results of the attack on the russian corvette Askold as a result of the attacks on the Zaliv shipyard in the temporarily occupied Kerch, November 6, 2023 / Open source photo

In particular, SCALP-EG missiles, which were most likely used to destroy this vessel, hit the central part of the hull of the Askold corvette, where 8 vertical launchers of Kalibr and/or P-800 Onyx cruise missiles were placed. Thus, the main weapons system of this ship was destroyed.

In addition, the nature of the external damage may indicate that, most likely, the russians have essentially surrendered most (if not all) of the ship's on-board control equipment. And, taking into account the fact that the diesel engines on the corvettes of the Karakurt project are also located in the compartment in the center of the hull, it can be assumed that the power plant of this ship is unlikely to have retained its functionality.

Ukraine Destroyed an Enemy Missile Ship That Had Not Even Left Shipyard For the First Time in History, Defense Express
It is possible that the occupiers may announce their intention to restore the ship. But, in this case, the enemy will have to literally rebuild his vessel "from scratch", because with the affected power plant, on-board control equipment and the main weapon system, this damaged ship is just a set of scrap metal.

As Defense Express reported, the Armed Forces of Ukraine Hit russia’s Corvette at Shipyard in Kerch in Crimea on Saturday, November 4. Later Ukrainian Armed Forces Сonfirmed Hitting Russian Ship in Kerch.

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