October 25, 2019 (Google Translation) – Today in St. Petersburg, at the Admiralty Shipyards enterprise, a solemn ceremony of launching the lead ice class patrol ship Ivan Papanin, project 23550, combining the functions of an icebreaker, patrol ship and a towing vessel, took place.
The launch ceremony was attended by Rear Admiral Igor Zvarich, head of the Technical Department of the Russian Navy, Georgy Poltavchenko, chairman of the board of directors of the United Shipbuilding Corporation, Alexander Buzakov, director general of Admiralty Shipyards, Valentina Romanenko, niece of Ivan Papanin, and shipbuilders and shipbuilding veterans industry and the Navy.
In his speech at the rally, Igor Zvarich congratulated all participants in the ceremony on behalf of the Commander-in-Chief of the Navy, Admiral Nikolai Evmenov, and noted that “a ship has been created that has no analogues in the world in its characteristics, capabilities, uniqueness of the propulsion system and seaworthiness.”
“This ship can perform tasks as part of the units and groups of the Russian Navy, also singly. The ability to overcome ice more than 1.5 meters thick will allow the ship to be effectively used in the difficult ice conditions of the Arctic zone, ”Igor Zvarich explained.
Georgy Poltavchenko, who took the floor, called the ship the best present for the designers of the central design bureau Almaz, which turns 70 this week.
Alexander Buzakov in his speech emphasized that over sixty years of operation, since the launch of the Lenin icebreaker in 1959, the company has accumulated extensive experience in the construction of such ships, and the Arctic group is waiting for them.
The ice class patrol ship of project 23550 “Ivan Papanin combines the functions of a tugboat, patrol ship and icebreaker and is one of the latest developments in the interest of equipping the surface component of the Navy.
The ship is intended for the protection and monitoring of water resources in difficult ice conditions, escorting and towing detained vessels to the port, escorting and supporting support vessels, participating in rescue operations, and transporting special cargoes.
The new multifunctional vessel is capable of efficiently performing tasks both independently and as part of combat ship groups (squads), as well as performing escort functions on Arctic communications.
The main performance characteristics: displacement of about 9000 tons; length over 100 m; width about 20 m, autonomy of swimming about 60 days; navigation area – unlimited.