RFS Elbrus Completes First Arctic Deployment

October 1, 2018 (Google Translation) – The naval demining squadron of the Northern Fleet as part of the minesweeper Vladimir Gumanenko and the multifunctional logistic support vessel (MSTO) Elbrus arrived at the permanently-based locations –– Polar and Murmansk –– after successfully completing the missions in the Ob Bay and the Yenisei Bay of the Kara Sea. For the crew of MSTO “Elbrus” it was the first long trip to the Arctic. The ship entered service in the Northern Fleet in April of this year.

More than a month the North Sea Fleet searched and destroyed explosive objects of the Great Patriotic War. During this time, more than 1,150 square kilometers of water area were surveyed in several districts near the port of Dickson and in the Ob Bay.

In total, 70 mine-like objects were discovered and surveyed. Nine of them were disposed of by remote detonation. According to the results of the survey of other objects, a conclusion was drawn about their safety.

In search of explosive objects, the trawler crew Vladimir Humanenko was involved. His crew passed the coordinates of the mined-like objects to the Elbrus ship. Subsequently, specialists in the underwater work carried out a detailed survey and destruction of the found objects.

When surveying and laying charges for the detonation of mine-like objects, remote-controlled underwater vehicles were widely used, which allowed carrying out the most dangerous operations without endangering human lives.

Previously, demining of the Ob Bay was carried out by experts of the Northern Fleet in 2011 and 2012. The result of the work of the naval detachment of the Northern Fleet was the opening for navigation of all types of ships and the displacement of the sea area of ​​more than 600 square kilometers. In total, 36 explosive objects were found and destroyed.