July 29, 2020 (Google Translation) – The shipbuilding industry of KAMPO JSC has completed the first stage of construction of a large hydrographic boat of project 23370G “Aleksandr Firsov” for the Russian Navy. The block modules of the boat were loaded onto special vehicles in Orekhovo-Zuevo (Moscow region) and delivered to the completion site in Sevastopol.
In Sevastopol, at the KAMPO production site, the boat modules were unloaded and assembled. At present, a large hydrographic boat is being prepared for a complex of tests, after which it will become part of the Black Sea Fleet in October.
By order of the Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy, Admiral Nikolai Yevmenov, the boat was named “Alexander Firsov” in recognition of the merits of the hydrographic officer, Captain 1st Rank Alexander Zakharovich Firsov, to the Navy, to perpetuate his memory, as well as to instill pride in sailors-hydrographers for serving on hydrographic vessels (boats) of the Black Sea Fleet.
Hydrographer Lieutenant-Commander A. Firsov in February 1941 headed the Sevastopol Hydrographic Service District, formed to provide navigational and hydrographic tasks for the combat activities of the Black Sea Fleet, its combat training and general navigation.
During the Great Patriotic War, thanks to the precise and selfless work of the officers and sailors of the Sevastopol region, 4822 ships and transport vessels were guided along the fairways during the eight months of the defense of Sevastopol.
In July 1942, the Sevastopol region of the hydrographic service was excluded from the parts of the Black Sea Fleet, as it completely perished in the struggle against German fascism. In April 1944, it was re-formed as a hydrographic region of the Sevastopol naval base in connection with the return of the Black Sea Fleet to Sevastopol.
In recognition of the merits of the sailors-hydrographs in 1962, the Sevastopol region of the hydrographic service was included in the memorial of the Great Patriotic War in Sevastopol.
The main modules of the boat were manufactured in Orekhovo-Zuev, and the final assembly of the boat was carried out at the production base in Sevastopol by the outfitting team of JSC KAMPO.