The vessel was the first Project 11711 ship to be launched to water in 2012 after construction at Kaliningrad's Yantar shipyard. Construction of a second landing ship of the same class, Petr Morgunov, began in 2014.
Ivan Gren has a water displacement of 6,000 tons, its length is 120 meters and its beam is 16.5 meters. It can carry up to 300 marines, 36 armored transport vehicles or 13 tanks. It is fitted with two Ka-29 naval combat and transport helicopters, and a 30mm automatic cannon.
"In the next five years construction will be underway of a new generation of large amphibious warships, larger than Ivan Gren or Petr Morgunov and will be able to carry even more infantry and several helicopters," head of the Russian navy's shipbuilding directorate, 1 rank Captain Vladimir Tryapichnikov told RIA Novosti last year.
A source in the Defense Ministry told Lenta.ru that the large landing ships will be similar in design to the Dutch Rotterdam or Johan de Witt amphibious warfare ships.
They will have a displacement of 14-16,000 tons, be able to carry 500-600 marines or six helicopters, and landing craft.
"The staff at the Baltic factory learnt everything, they did their part of the work to a really high standard," he said.
"The French specialists strictly controlled the production process, and they were very pleased."