RFS Gorizont Undertaking Arctic Survey Operations

August 9, 2019 (Google Translation) – Today, the next research expedition to the Arctic seas of the Northern Fleet’s hydrographic vessel “Horizon” under the command of Captain Vitaliy Khopryachkov began. In the morning, the ship left the permanent base Mishukovo in the Barents Sea. Within two months he will have to carry out a complex of oceanographic studies in the waters of the Barents, Kara, East Siberian seas and the Laptev Sea.

The hydrographic group of the Arctic Oceanographic Expedition, under the command of Captain 3rd Rank Oleg Matyukhin, will survey the bottom topography and hydrological measurements, examine the coast of individual islands of the Novaya and Severnaya Zemlya Arctic archipelagos, as well as the Novosibirsk Islands.

According to forecasts, the research will take place in difficult ice conditions.

The hydrographic ship Horizont went on an Arctic expedition for the third year in a row. Last year, hydrographs spent 70 days on a hike, which was a record. They carried out several landings on the islands of the Arctic Ocean. Near the Wiese glacier of the Novaya Zemlya archipelago, they confirmed the existence of an island previously discovered by schoolchildren using satellite imagery. Studies were carried out in the region of the Nanosny and Yaya islands in the Laptev Sea.

During the expedition, hydrographs performed more than 10.5 thousand kilometers of routing surveys, about 2 thousand kilometers of general survey of the bottom topography in the areas of “white spots” of the East Siberian Sea, more than a thousand kilometers of detailed survey of the bottom topography and sonar surveys of important navigational areas, as well as 44 one-time drift oceanographic stations.

In the campaign, the coast, bottom topography, parameters of the aquatic environment and various physical fields of the Earth were studied. The work was carried out, both in the interests of reprinting navigational charts, manuals and manuals for navigation, and for solving various tasks of the Northern Fleet. Comprehensive studies of radio navigation and satellite navigation systems of the northern region were carried out.