Today in Baltiysk in the territory of the Baltic Fleet’s emergency rescue squad the solemn ritual of the first ascent of Russian Naval Ensign took place aboard offshore rescue boats. From this moment on the basis of the Commander-in-Chief’s order these boats are included in the combat strength of the Baltic Fleet.
The ceremony was attended by representatives of the command of the Baltic Fleet, BF rescue squad, plant manufacturer, veteran and public organisations. The event included the rite of blessing boats and their St. Andrew’s Ensigns. Then the boat commanders made solemn ascents of Naval Ensigns.
Thus, the emergency rescue squad of the Baltic Fleet is to be enlarged with four Project 23040 boats built for the Fleet at the Nizhny Novgorod Plant ‘Nizhegorodsky Teplokhod’.
Project 23040 boat is a single-deck boat with a steel hull with ice strengthenings, single-tiered superstructure (deckhouse), two-shaft diesel power plant with fixed pitch screws and bow thruster. The distinctive feature of Project 23040 boat is her high power and ice class/ And this allows them to operate effectively in the outer roadsteads of stationing sites of the Navy and beyond their borders with the distance of 50 miles from stationing sites.
In addition, among other features of boats there are their ability to carry out search, observing and research work with the help of organic compact remotely tele-operated unmanned underwater unit and towed sonar. For the first time boats of this type are provided with the system of joystick control over technical means.
Source: Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation
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