Russian Geographical Society Teams With Russian Navy on Arctic Mission

The Northern Fleet began the third stage of an integrated expedition to the Novaya Zemlya Archipelago, supported by the Russian Geographical Society. At present, the expeditionary detachment of the Northern Fleet on board the large landing ship “St. George the Victorious” is moving to the archipelago Novaya Zemlya.

On the eve, on July 31, the technique of the expeditionary detachment consisting of five two-link snow-carrying vehicles DT-10-P was loaded into the twin ship of the large landing ship “St. George the Victorious” in the Gryaznaya Bay of Kola Bay.

This raid will combine the main features of the first two stages of the expedition. Thus, on board the large landing ship “George the Victorious”, the expeditionary unit will visit the key points of the history of the development of Novaya Zemlya: Krestova Gulf, Russkaya Gavan Bay, Cape Zhelaniya and Ice Harbor.

Also, ground-based research will be conducted. The main one will be the crossing of the Northern Island of Novaya Zemlya along the route Guba Krestova – the Gulf of the Unknown, first traversed by Vladimir Rusanov 110 years ago in 1908. Further, in the Bay of Russian Harbor expeditionary detachment explores the routes to the glacial dome of the North Island, and also installs a memorial to commemorate the arrival of a detachment of submarines of the Northern Fleet under the command of Konstantin Dushenov in the Russian Harbor in 1936.

The activities of the third stage of the expedition will end with the transition from Cape Zhelaniya to Ice Harbor. This will honor the memory of the pioneers and researchers of the New Earth Willem Barents, Georgy Sedov, Vladimir Vize, Mikhail Pavlov, Mikhail Ermolaev, Vladislav Koryakin.

In the preparation of this stage of the “Integrated Northern Fleet Expedition to the Novaya Zemlya Archipelago”, active participation was made by the staff of the Institute of Geography of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The data provided by the scientists of the Glaciology Department of the Institute made it possible to choose the most optimal routes for accomplishing the tasks. During the expedition the North Sea crews plan to carry out glaciological studies on recommendations and in the interests of the Institute of Geography of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Thus, the Northern Fleet is restoring the good traditions of interaction of military seamen and scientists of the Russian Academy of Sciences laid down in the 19th century.

All the measures are taken for about a month. The basis of the detachment is the servicemen who carried out the tasks of the Complex Expedition on the Southern Island of Novaya Zemlya Archipelago in June of this year.