October 3, 2018 (Google Translation) – Today, in the northernmost settlement of Russia – the village of Dikson (Taimyr Peninsula) – the monument was consecrated to the crews of T-114, T-118, T-120 minesweepers, who died heroically in defense of the Arctic convoys in August-September 1944.
The monument was erected this summer by the sailors of the Arctic grouping of the Northern Fleet in cooperation with the administration of the village of Dikson on the initiative of the crew of the sea minesweeper Vladimir Gumanenko. It represents the anchor of the minesweeper, mounted on a stone pedestal with an information board.
The ceremony of consecration was attended by representatives of the crews of ships of the Northern Fleet, completing the tasks of the next Arctic voyage, led by the detachment commander – Rear Admiral Alexander Peshkov, the leadership and residents of Dixon. After the consecration of the monument in the village church of the Most Holy Trinity, lithium was held for the defenders of the Fatherland who died during the Great Patriotic War.
It is not for the first time that North Sea warriors take part in the installation and refinement of monuments of military glory in the Arctic. In August 2015, during the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the village of Dikson, the crews of the ships of the Northern Fleet helped the local people with the repair of the memorial “Common Grave of Seven Northern Sea Heroes” and the monument to the Arctic explorer Nikifor Begichev. During the recent integrated expedition to Novaya Zemlya, North Sea residents also installed and restored several memorials to researchers and defenders of the Russian Arctic.
The minesweepers T-114 and T-118 guided the BD-5 convoy between the ports of Severodvinsk and Dikson. On August 12, 1944, they, along with the Marina Raskova transport, which had 417 crew and passengers, including 116 women and 20 children, were sunk in the Kara Sea by a German U-365 submarine.
The minesweeper T-120 died on September 24, 1944 in the Kara Sea, providing wiring for the VD-1 convoy. He was twice torpedoed by the German submarine U-739.
A day earlier, the crew of another U-957 Hitler submarine sank the Brilliant guard patrol ship, which took the torpedo’s strike, defending the convoy’s largest vessel, the Revolutionary transport. As a result, the convoy arrived at its destination without losing transport ships.
Minesweeper T-120 was the last loss of the Northern Fleet from the actions of German submariners in the Arctic during the years of the Great Patriotic War.