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Auxiliary vessels: ships the fleet cannot do without


Expeditionary Oceanographic Ship Project 852

Naval activities fleet not carried out by itself. In order for warships to be able to carry out combat duty successfully, many auxiliary vessels and boats operate: hydrographic, oceanographic, rescue, reconnaissance, tanker, and towing. These ships are rarely in the spotlight, but without them the Navy cannot exist.

This series of articles is dedicated to auxiliary and special vessels operating in the interests of our navy and commercial fleets. Open the cycle of ships designed for hydrographic surveys.

Hydrographic Ships

The hydrographic service of Russia exists under different names and in different organizational and structural forms since the time of Peter I. At present, its official name is the Department of Navigation and Oceanography of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation.

The main functions of the Office are as follows:

1. Guidelines for maintaining the forces and means of navigational-hydrographic, hydrometeorological and topographic and geodetic support (hereinafter referred to as NGOs, GMOs and TGOs) in the established combat readiness for the fulfillment of the tasks of NGOs, GMOs and TGOs of combat and daily activities of forces (troops) of the fleets, the Caspian flotilla, and others types of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation in designated operational areas (areas of responsibility).

2. Organization of oceanographic, hydrographic and marine geophysical work in the oceans and seas in the interests of the defense of the country and NGOs of maritime activities of the Russian Federation.

3. Management of the work on the creation of navigational marine, geophysical and other special maps (including electronic), manuals and manuals for navigation in the World Ocean and their provision to consumers of the Russian Federation and foreign countries in the established manner.

4. Management of support (supply) of forces (troops) of the Navy with marine navigation and oceanography (hereinafter referred to as SIT), maintenance of technical readiness of SIT on ships of constant readiness.

5. Maintenance and development of a system of navigation equipment on the coast and in sea waters under the jurisdiction of the Russian Federation (with the exception of the Northern Sea Route) in the interests of the defense of the country and NGOs of maritime activities of the Russian Federation, ensuring the operation of means of navigation equipment with established characteristics and operating modes.

6. Management directly subordinate military units and organizations; methodological guidance of military command and control subordinates on special issues, formations, military units, and organizations of the Navy SE.

7. The participation of the Russian Federation in the activities of the International Hydrographic Organization (hereinafter - IHO) and the International Association of Lighthouse Services (hereinafter - IALA), interaction and cooperation with other international and regional marine organizations.

What are the means to implement the above tasks? Consider the ships available at the hydrographic service.

Project 860 hydrographic ship

Hydrographic vessels of the 860 project. Built in the 1960s in Gdansk (Poland). Total displacement - 1274 tons. Full speed - 15 knots. Cruising range - 6200 miles at a speed of 10 knots. Power plant - 2 × 1500 l. with., diesel engines "Zgoda-Sulzer" 5TG48. Crew - up to 53 people.

Project 861 hydrographic ship

Hydrographic vessels of the 861 project Designed for hydrological research, raid equipment, the study of areas hazardous to shipping, research of currents, depth studies, meteorological and bathythermographic observations, works on chemical hydrology in the near and far sea zones.

Built in the 1960-1970s in Gdansk. Full displacement - 1542,6 tons. Full speed - 17,3 knots. Range - 8900 miles at 11 knots. The power plant consists of two Polish-made diesel engines Zgoda-Sulzer ("Zgoda-Sulzer") 6TD-48, with a capacity of 1800 liters. with. The crew of the ship is 45 people and 10 members of the scientific team.

GAS Bronze and the ARP-861R radio direction finder were installed as special equipment on the ships of project 50.

Oceanographic research vessels of the project 852 type "Academician Krylov". Built in the 1970s in Polish Szczecin.

The vessels of this project are intended for research in the field of oceanology, chemical hydrology and marine meteorology. Also for biological, aerological, actinometric observations; registration of waves and currents in the waters of the oceans, and other marine observations and studies.

The vessel has a total displacement of 9140 tons, a maximum speed of 20,8 knots, a range of 24 miles at 000 knots. The power plant consists of two diesel engines with a capacity of 15,4 liters. with. The crew of the ship is up to 8000 people.

The ship has 20 scientific laboratories with a total area of ​​900 square meters. m, including: hydrographic, radio metering, aerological, synoptic, geological, oceanographic, electromagnetic, radiochemical, biological, gravimetric, navigation, photo laboratory, radio electronic, sonar, data center and astronomical pavilion. On the upper deck, a platform and a hangar for one Ka-25 helicopter are equipped.

The vessels provide for the simultaneous deployment of 4 oceanographic buoy stations of the type: LEROK-0,5, LEROK-1, LEROK-2, LES-23-1, LES-55-1.

For loading and unloading, the vessels are equipped with: one crane installation on a tank with a lifting capacity of 7 tons, two small cranes with a lifting capacity of 250 kg and two aft cargo booms with a lifting capacity of 8 tons.

The following auxiliary boats and bots were regularly available on ships: 2 hydrographic survey boats; 1 working boat of type 725 with a capacity of 20 people; 1 outboard boat type 731 with a capacity of 9 people; 2 rescue bots with a capacity of 70 people.

Project 862 hydrographic ship

Hydrographic vessels of the 862 project. Built in the 1970s and 80s in Polish Gdansk. These vessels are designed to study oceanography issues of specific military importance, such as the study of hydrological conditions to ensure the free flow of submarines of new projects in remote areas of the oceans and for complex oceanographic research. In particular, ships of project 862 can:
1) do routing measurement;
2) conduct bathythermographic studies (continuous measurement of the vertical distribution of water temperature);
3) observe the sea currents;
4) do research in chemical hydrology;
5) explore marine meteorology;
6) conduct a measurement of the depths;
7) to make a detailed survey of the bottom topography;
8) do a topographic survey;
9) carry out geodetic works;
10) to research radio navigation systems.

These vessels have unlimited seaworthiness and worked in all areas of the oceans.

Project 862 ships have a total displacement of 2435 tons, a maximum speed of 15,9 knots, a range of 8650 nautical miles, and a crew of up to 70 people. The power plant consists of two diesel engines with a capacity of 2200 liters. with. As auxiliary engines, 2 electric motors with a capacity of 143 liters were installed. S., giving a silent small stroke.

To carry out work on board there are two hydrographic survey boats, as well as a bathometer and other equipment.

Of the special equipment, OGAS MG-329 Sheksna and equipment for RTR and RR should be noted.

Project 865 hydrographic ship

Hydrographic vessels of the 865 project. Built in the late 1980s in Gdansk by order of the Navy of the USSR. Vessels have a total displacement of 3450 tons, full speed - 15 knots, cruising range - 11 miles at 000 knots. Crew - up to 12 people. Power plant - diesel engine "Zgoda-Sulzer" 70ASB-12D with a capacity of 25 liters. with.

Auxiliary vessels: ships the fleet cannot do without

Project 870 hydrographic ship

Hydrographic vessels of the 870 project the construction of the Gdansk shipyard. The vessels are intended for hydrological research in the near sea and base zones, study and work in areas hazardous to shipping, equipment raids. They have a total displacement of 680 tons, a full speed of 14 knots, a maximum range of 4000 miles at 11 knots. The crew is 26 people. Power plant - 2 diesel engines with a total capacity of 1740 liters. with.

Project 871 hydrographic ship

Project 871 ships were built in Gdansk in the 1970s. They have a total displacement of 690 tons, a full speed of 13 knots, a range of 3160 miles at 10,2 knots, a crew of up to 33 people. The power plant consists of 2 diesel engines with a capacity of 600 liters. with.

Project 872 hydrographic ship

Hydrographic vessels of the 872 project were built in Gdansk in the 1970-1980s. Designed for hydrographic support of the fleet in the near sea zone. The vessels have a total displacement of 1190 tons, full speed - 13,37 knots, a maximum cruising range of 4356 miles at 11,82 knots, a crew of 36 people. The power plant consists of 2 diesel engines with a capacity of 960 liters. with., also there are 2 auxiliary electric motors with a power of 143 l. with.

Hydrographic vessel of the REF-100 project

Small hydrographic vessels of the REF-100 project were built by order of the USSR Navy in Romania in the 1980s. They have a total displacement of 499 tons, a speed of 8,5 knots, a maximum range of 1000 miles at 6 knots, a crew of 19 people, power plants - 2 diesel engines of 300 liters each. with.

Small hydrographic ship of project 16611 Fairway

Ships of project 16611 Fairway were built in the 1990-2000s at the Vympel Shipyard in Rybinsk. The tasks of the project vessels include:
1) survey of the bottom topography in coastal areas of the seas;
2) an area survey of the bottom topography with a coverage width of 40 meters;
3) measurement with instrumental assessment;
4) hydrographic trawling;
5) hydrographic measurements;
6) maintenance of navigation equipment and hydrographic lots.

Vessels have a total displacement of 384,7 tons, full speed - 11,5 knots, cruising range - up to 1600 miles, crew - 15 people. The power plant consists of two diesel-gear units DRA-525, with a capacity of 400 liters. with.

Hydrographic equipment includes:
1. Broadband sonar, used to measure depth by the method of trawling sections of the seabed.
2. "Shooting" - a multi-channel echo sounder.
3. “Muscat-2” - a small-sized hydroacoustic complex for areal surveying of the bottom topography in the coastal zone.
4. "Prize" - measuring echo sounder.
5. “Krabik-BM” - receiver indicator.

Project 19910 small hydrographic ship

Small hydrographic vessels of project 19910 domestic construction. Construction has been underway from the 2000s to the present. The tasks of the vessel include:
1) setting and removal of navigational sea buoys and milestones of all types;
2) maintenance (inspection, reloading and repair) of coastal and floating aids to navigation equipment (SSS), control over their uninterrupted operation;
3) hydrographic work to the extent of the installed equipment;
4) transportation of various cargoes to support the work of coastal navigation aids and hydrographic units on an unequipped coast.

Vessels have a total displacement of 1200 tons, full speed - 12,5 knots, cruising range up to 3500 miles, crew - 17 people. The power plant consists of two diesel generators with a capacity of 1200 kW each with power transfer to two full-turn helical columns with fixed pitch screws in nozzles (ADG-550-4 electric motors with a power of 750 kW each) and one bow thruster.

Hydrographic equipment is represented by a multi-beam echo sounder, which allows to obtain an image of the bottom topography in 3D format in real time.

Special equipment is represented by: an 8-ton two-hitch electro-hydraulic crane, a 0,16-ton hydrological winch with a crane, a hand hoist of 0,99 tons, two folding platforms with a hydraulic drive, two storage areas with rotating roller tables.

19920 Large Hydrographic Boat

Large hydrographic boat project 19920 "Cormorant" Russian-built (built from the 2000s to the present) are used to ensure the combat and daily activities of ships, units of coastal forces, naval bases and ranges.

Project 19920 boats are designed for hydrographic and pilotage works in coastal areas, including for:
1) reconnaissance of the water route;
2) hydrographic measurements;
3) bottom topography;
4) pilotage postings;
5) the setting, removal and maintenance of floating equipment of navigation equipment;
6) submarine leaders at basing points.

Boats can also deliver scientific groups and special equipment up to 15 tons to the unequipped coast.

Boats have a total displacement of 320 tons, cruising speed - up to 11,5 knots, cruising range up to 1000 miles, crew - 11 people. The power plant of the boat consists of two diesel-gear units based on Deutz BF6M 1015MS diesel engines with a capacity of 337 liters each. with.

The hydrographic equipment of the boat includes:
1) a multi-beam echo sounder with a complex for collecting and processing information;
2) measuring echo sounder;
3) hydrographic profiler;
4) a system for measuring pitching parameters;
5) a sound velocity meter in water;
6) autonomous return hydrological probe;
7) automated tide gauge.

Large hydrographic boat project 23040G

Large hydrographic boat project 23040G Designed for: high-precision areal survey of the bottom topography and survey of navigational hazards at depths of up to 400 meters and shooting of the bottom topography with a single-beam echo sounder at depths of up to 2000 meters; maintenance of all types of floating warning signs (hereinafter referred to as PPZ); setting / shooting of all types of PPZ up to 1,7 tons and a length of up to 6,5 meters; delivery of personnel, food, spare parts and repair crews to coastal aids to navigation equipment; navigation and hydrographic support for rescue and search operations; pilotage and leading of submarines and large-tonnage ships at basing points and on approaches to them.

The boat has a total displacement of 192,7 tons, speed up to 13 knots, a power plant of 2 diesel engines of 337 liters. with. each

Large hydrographic boat project 23370G

Project 23370G boat Designed for pilotage and certain types of hydrographic work, including:
1) setting (shooting) and maintenance of floating warning signs (PPZ);
2) the delivery of maintenance personnel, repair crews, food, fuel and other cargo to coastal facilities of navigation equipment (SSS), including those located on an unequipped coast;
3) operational measurement of the depths in the places of setting the PPZ using a measuring echo sounder.


The Russian Navy currently includes: 1 vessel of project 860, 4 - of project 861, 1 vessel of project 852, 8 - of project 862, 2 ships of project 865, 5 - of project 870, 5 - of project 871, 15 vessels of project 872, 2 vessels of the REF-100 project, 3 - of the project 16611, 3 of the project 19910, 2 vessels of the project 16609, 1 vessel of the project 90600, 9 boats of the project 19920, 2 boats of the project 23040G, 20 boats of various projects of Soviet construction. In total - 52 vessels and 31 BGK.

At first glance, Russia has an impressive fleet of hydrographic vessels and boats. However, most of them were built in the 1970s and 80s. Soon they will be charged. Really new are 3 vessels of project 19910 and 3 vessels of projects 16609 and 90600, as well as 11 boats of projects 19920 and 23040G.

To upgrade the fleet of hydrographic vessels, construction of 8 small hydrographic vessels of project 19910, 2 large hydrographic boats of project 19920, 2 large hydrographic boats of project 23040G, one large hydrographic boat of project 23370G and one small hydrographic boat of project 21961 is currently underway.

Thus, at present, only the composition of small hydrographic vessels and CGTs is being updated, and in an amount significantly less than the number of decommissioned vessels. At the same time, projects 852, 862 and 865 are not completely replaced by vessels. And these are vessels capable of long-distance cruises and operate practically anywhere in the World Ocean. That is, in the coming years, the Russian Navy will be able to rely on hydrographic support only in its territorial waters. Moreover, taking into account the gigantic length of the coastline of Russia, the various climatic and hydrological conditions of the coastal waters, it is safe to say that the ships put into operation are definitely not enough for reliable hydrographic support of the Navy even in our territorial waters.

There is, however, some hope that hydrographic support in the far sea zone can be taken over by oceanographic vessels being built in the interests of another (very secret) agency. But more about that in the next article.

To be continued ...

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  1. The leader of the Redskins
    The leader of the Redskins 12 May 2020 18: 16 New
    Thanks, informative.
    But I read the other day that two (!) Auxiliary vessels were handed over to the Ukrainian Navy! Ofigel, climbed in more detail - it turns out two barges that are used as targets!))) laughing
  2. really
    really 12 May 2020 18: 26 New
    Thank you. I remembered my youth, I visited ships like Sibiryakov, but it seems to me they were even a little smaller,
  3. 30143
    30143 12 May 2020 18: 36 New
    You can’t write off everything! There is no replacement yet.
  4. merkava-2bet
    merkava-2bet 12 May 2020 19: 06 New
    Thank you, a very little studied topic, as well as scouts, eternal satellites of the AUG of the US Navy.
  5. bk0010
    bk0010 12 May 2020 19: 22 New
    It is necessary to build 11 new hydrographic vessels with a maximum speed of 40 knots in order to conduct hydrographic surveys in peacetime and during the threatened period in the area where our partners are located (God forbid they run into any reefs in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, they will again be on Petrov with Bring down Bashirov!) And so that they could catch up with the AUG after refueling.
  6. And Makarov
    And Makarov 12 May 2020 19: 33 New
    By the way, there was no news about the cable ships "Volga" and Vyatka for a long time.
  7. Azis
    Azis 12 May 2020 19: 52 New
    Almost all auxiliary vessels of foreign construction (Poland, Romania, Yugoslavia, etc.), also of the last century. Now, in fact, only Rybinsky Vympel is building, and even that is a maximum of small vessels, which are large for the plant. We will not catch up soon ...
    1. carstorm 11
      carstorm 11 12 May 2020 23: 21 New
      make up for what? as you yourself wrote all the major ships were built anywhere but not in the Union. sooner learn.
    2. Protos
      Protos 13 May 2020 01: 17 New
      Crimea can build!
      We have 6 shipyards and 3 shipyards! soldier
  8. Ilya098
    Ilya098 12 May 2020 21: 54 New
    Thank you for the article. Informative and all "put on the shelves" wink
    1. Dmitry from Voronezh
      13 May 2020 00: 50 New
      Glad to! hi
      1. DarkMatter
        DarkMatter 13 May 2020 12: 33 New
        Dmitry, do you have a brother in Chelyabinsk by any chance? wassat
        Thank you for the article.
      2. g1v2
        g1v2 14 May 2020 19: 05 New
        I understand that about oceanographic vessels under construction will be in the next series? It would be interesting to compare projects. Moreover, ships of different projects are being built for one fleet. PM is not a fact that they are all for the GUGI.
  9. Ros 56
    Ros 56 13 May 2020 06: 25 New
    Interesting ships, seemingly not primary, auxiliary, but without them in any way.
  10. Aag
    Aag 13 May 2020 08: 05 New
    Thanks to the author for an interesting topic. We look forward to continuing.
    And, hopefully, interesting details will come up in the comments!
  11. Vladimir_2U
    Vladimir_2U 13 May 2020 10: 27 New
    I remember some Pole wrote that the Union squeezed out all the juices from poor Poland, had to poke it into the landing ships by order of the USSR, and it turns out they also gave military hydrography to the zhechs!
    1. Brylevsky
      Brylevsky 13 May 2020 15: 59 New
      And they also built merchant ships for us. In particular, transport refrigerators that transported fish products from the Sea of ​​Okhotsk and the Bering Sea to Vladivostok and Nakhodka. These were vessels of type “T” ... “Trunovsk” and others ... More Poles built sailing training vessels of type “Mir” for us: “Pallas”, “Hope”. At Pallada, I went to my first swimming practice in 1996 ... The Poles built excellent ships!
      1. Vladimir_2U
        Vladimir_2U 13 May 2020 16: 02 New
        Quote: Brylevsky
        Poles built excellent ships
        Not free, to put it mildly, well, it’s curious what and to whom they are building now, when there is no Union.
  12. vindigo
    vindigo 26 June 2020 10: 10 New
    An acquaintance of a naval sailor said that they took a large pull to serve on these ships. Since these ships entered foreign ports and it was possible to "look abroad" !.