Russian Navy Trains for Open Ocean Space Capsule Recovery

August 5, 2020 (Google Translation) – In the waters of the Sea of ​​Japan near the island of Askold, a special tactical exercise was conducted with the forces of the rescue squad of the Pacific Fleet and naval aviation to search for and evacuate the landing vehicle of a manned spacecraft.

The Pacific Fleet rescuers demonstrated their practical training within the framework of an instructor-methodical lesson with the leadership of military units and structures involved in search and rescue support for flights on the International Space Station with Soyuz transport manned spacecraft.

According to the scenario of the exercise, the descent vehicle of the spacecraft landed on the water surface in the open sea. According to the introduction, the rescue vessel Igor Belousov, the rescue tug (SB) Fotiy Krylov and the specialized diving vessel VM-20 from the duty forces of the search and rescue squad of the main base of the Pacific Fleet were sent to the search area.

For greater efficiency, the Ka-27PS deck helicopter and the An-26 aircraft of the naval aviation of the fleet with a group of rescuers were connected to the search and rescue operation. After finding the descent capsule from the air, the pilots conducted an initial inspection of the object and reported the coordinates of the landing site to the rescue ships.

Upon arrival in the area of ​​practical operations, the rescue tug “Fotiy Krylov” took the model of the rescue vehicle in tug and then lifted it to the deck of the vessel. The actions of the SB crew were provided by rescuers on high-speed craft. Also, during the exercise, the Ka-27PS search and rescue helicopter worked out the search and evacuation of people in the water.

An instructor and methodological lesson with the leadership of military units involved in search and rescue support of a flight on the International Space Station with Soyuz manned transport spacecraft is conducted on the basis of the Search and Rescue Operations Department of the Pacific Fleet from August 3 to 7. It involved specialists from the National Defense Center of the Russian Federation, the General Staff of the Navy, the Federal Air Transport Agency, FBU Service of the Unified System of Aerospace Search and Rescue, PJSC Energia Rocket and Space Corporation named after SP Korolev “, The Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Research Center, a number of Air Force and Air Defense formations.