Today (July 5), with the release of the rescue tug SB-523 from Severomorsk, the second stage of the complex expedition of the Northern Fleet to the Novaya Zemlya archipelago started.
On board the rescue tug is another expeditionary force, which is based on representatives of the connection of rescue vessels of the Northern Fleet.
Unlike the first stage of the expedition, during which the main events unfolded on the expanses of the Southern Island of Novaya Zemlya, now the North Sea mariners will have to explore the archipelago mainly from the sea.
Within a month, it is planned to reconstruct part of the route of the famous polar explorer Vladimir Rusanov, who in 1911 on the yacht Polyarnaya bypassed the South Island. In fact, a historical experiment will be held, because it was in July and exactly in these places 107 years ago the great polar explorer completed his penultimate expedition.
After several days of moving to the Novaya Zemlya archipelago and receiving specialists from the Central Range of the Russian Federation, the rescue tug SB-523 will travel to the southernmost point of the Novaya Zemlya coast.
It was here 185 years after the first wintering of the famous pioneer of Novaya Zemlya, Pyotr Kuzmich Pakhtusov, at the sign place in Kamenka Bay navigators of the Northern Fleet will establish a memorable sign to their predecessor.
Here, the sites of the first explorers of the archipelago, military objects of the Great Patriotic War will be surveyed. Northern Fleet rescuers will restore the stele installed at the site of the Expedition of Special Purpose Submarine Expedition (EPRON) camp, which rescued the icebreaker Alexander Sibiryakov, who ran aground in Kamenka Bay in 1937.
In the future, in other bays of the South Island, specialists of the Central Range of the Russian Federation within the framework of this stage of the complex expedition will monitor the environmental situation and carry out a number of scientific studies using promising equipment.