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Details of the long-range arctic junction of the Northern Fleet ships


From 14 September 2013 of the year:

"A detachment of ships of the North fleet Now it is located in the archipelago of the Novosibirsk islands in the Arctic Ocean. There, exercises were carried out with the landing of amphibious assaults on board large landing ships on an unequipped coast. Also worked out the capture of the bridgehead of the enemy. Via aviation sailors set up a camp on Kotelny Island. And they have already begun work on the construction of a military airfield and air commandant’s office.
As specified in the Ministry of Defense, this airfield existed before, but since 1991, it was actually abandoned. Now it will not only be restored, but also expanded. During the construction they use modern materials and technologies. The first landing there will make at the end of October. The runway will be able to take An-72 aircraft. "

And from

"As the Northern Fleet Commander Admiral Vladimir Korolev noted, under the flag of which the Arctic expedition of the Northern Fleet detachment passes," the uniqueness of the operation lies in the fact that the entire nuclear surface fleet of the Northern Fleet "Peter The Great and four nuclear-powered icebreakers of the State Corporation Rosatom - Yamal, Vaigach, 50 Years of Victory and Taimyr.
The 10 icebreaker assistance of warships and support ships for the Northern Fleet was carried out over 40 hours. About 400 miles, a detachment of ships of the Northern Fleet was escorted by nuclear-powered icebreakers that reliably ensure navigation and ice safety, according to the head of the information support department of the press service of the Northern Fleet VNV Captain 1 rank Vadim Serga.
During the passage of areas with difficult ice conditions, the air group based on the Peter the Great TARKR actively worked. Ship pilots made four sorties with Ka-27 helicopters to conduct ice reconnaissance along the route of the detachment of ships, as well as a number of landings on the decks of nuclear-powered icebreakers.
In the coming days, a detachment of ships of the Northern Fleet will continue sailing eastward by the Laptev Sea. To ensure the safety of navigation, ship-based helicopter pilots will continue to carry out sorties to conduct aerial reconnaissance in iceberg-prone navigation areas and monitor ice conditions.
A squad of warships and support ships for the Northern Fleet left Severomorsk on September 3. During the trip, he made the transition to the Barents and Kara Seas and overcame more than one and a half thousand nautical miles. "

Now from me. I'll start with some comments on the video plot.
- In the film, the movement of the caravan and ice conditions were well shown. Of course, motion in a continuous fog that was not seen in the front or behind a person who did not get into the frame at night was not captured.
- Very annoying pronunciation behind the scenes of the "Mathisen Strait", although the sailors clearly and correctly pronounce it.
- And of course - nuclear-powered icebreakers did not join the caravan, but took the wiring. Feel the difference?
- We, once again, called them "50-anniversary of the Victory." Although at this moment in the frame our board with the name.
- On the icebreakers installed no air exhaust system to disperse the ice floes. The Pneumatic Washing System (COI) is designed to reduce the friction of the icebreaker hull on the ice when the icebreaker moves in cohesive, heavy ice. But ice-breakers, in fact, often use it not for themselves, but when there are ships in a convoy, fearing the contact of their hulls with ice. In discharged ice, the start-up of the POU gives a remarkable result, the channel behind the icebreaker becomes wide and clear, which is actually seen in the plot.
- And conquer the Arctic is not necessary. We must know and take care of her!

The text I have, perhaps, already tired. I understand that some have already missed and are looking at the caravan. But a few more words.

So, on September 8, in the area of ​​the Scott-Hansen Islands, a helicopter arrived with the commander at the Vaygach icebreaker to discuss all the details of our further
joint work on wiring ships through the ice of the Kara Sea:


In 15.00 Moscow time, the nuclear icebreakers "50 years of Victory" and "Vaigach" approached the area where the Northern Fleet flotilla was located. She was so dispersed that all at once in the frame not intermeddle.


According to the approach, they began to form a caravan of warrants (order) of 3 ships and 7 ships of the auxiliary fleet. Of course, the captains of the icebreakers discussed in advance the layout of the caravan, taking into account the capabilities of ships and ships, the ice conditions at the crossing. To simplify and speed up the process of creating a caravan, we divided the armada into 2 groups, each headed by its own icebreaker. Fortunately, the ice was still far away.
Before the Strait of Mathisen 150 remained miles and, as it became clear 16 hours go.
It was getting dark ...
And here is the construction of the caravan in the wake of the wake:




Armada lined up behind the icebreakers ahead. But two orders still go converging rates.


And to 19.00, both orders lined up in one. Now the whole caravan goes to the wake of the first icebreaker.


Distances between ships (can I call everyone in this line ships?) Is still decent, but before the entrance to the ice will gradually be reduced to 2-x cable. So that the ice floes do not have time to crawl into the ice channel from the one in front.
And here are the first ice on the flotilla movement path:



And the helicopter that came from the ice reconnaissance.

With the passage of the first lintel, it turned out that the BDKs in our group are less well adapted to walking in such ice than the Dubna tanker. I had to change the order of the order. And "Dubna" failed, giving way for us TARK "Peter the Great".


Here is a caravan passing tanker:


And he is attached to the wake:


Now the head of the caravan looked like this:



Yes! I completely forgot! Yesterday evening (ie, 8 of September), in the Mona Islands region, a caravan entered and headed the order of the Yamal a / l, which now flaunts our nose, choosing the road and breaking the large ice floes:


At the entrance to the Mathisen Strait, for tactical reasons, the second part of the caravan, headed by the Vaigach a / l, went a little its way, which made it possible to capture the entire fleet of the Northern Fleet:


What is interesting - on the noses of warships all the way was a watch in orange life jackets

After passing the 1-th part of the caravan, another cohesive ice bridge in Mathisen Ave., we understand that the second part, headed by the Vaigach aerial vehicle and consisting of 6-auxiliary fleet vessels, will be difficult to pass. We (a / l "50 years of Victory") leave the head warrant for the care of "Yamal" and go back a little to help "Vaigach" to lead their wards through the ice.
And on this maneuver, we were able to capture our part of the caravan from a different angle, which I present to you:

19. Nuclear icebreaker "Yamal"

20. Heavy nuclear missile cruiser "Peter the Great"


22. Large landing ship (BDK) "Kondopoga"

23. BDK "Olenegorsky miner"

24. Well, and the tanker "Dubna" you have already seen:

23. And here is the Vaigach caravan approaching the lintel.

It can be clearly seen that in the ice bridge of cohesive ice, there is a clear water channel behind us, but so that it does not tighten during the passage of 6 ships, the Vaigach aerial also extends it to the hull.


At the exit from the Mathisen Strait, the Taimyr A / L joins our caravan. He came out of Murmansk on September 6 and 9 caught up with us.


Here he takes his place in the warrant, following the a / l "Yamal", in front of Peter the Great TARK. And the caravan goes to the Northeast, heading for Boris Vilkitsky Strait, which washes the northernmost point of Eurasia mainland - Cape Chelyuskin.


On the eve of the dark time of the day, knowing the ice ahead on the course - we make the decision: to split the 2 group into two parts. Three vessels will follow Vaygach, then a / l "50 Years of Victory" and three more vessels.
The first part of the caravan that is in the photo above is left unchanged.
Now we go out of order and skip the head:

27. Atomic icebreaker "Vaigach"

28. Kielctor vessel "KIL-31"

29.Techora heat exchanger

30. Tug rescue "Pamir"

And now the tail of the caravan is behind us: two kilochromatic vessels, this is the KIL - 164 and the KIL Pushkin, which closes the small but smart sea tug MB - 100


32. The caravan confidently drawn into the fog and night.

33. But the morning in the Strait of Boris Vilkitsky forces photographers to fill the memory cards of their cameras completely!




37. September 10 caravan went out into the clear water, and we said goodbye.

And on September 13, closer to the night, we already moored at our native Murmansk pier.
This was our final caravan in this swim.
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  1. Volkhov
    Volkhov 11 October 2013 09: 26
    3 kilikers (floating cranes) in a caravan and the admiral's face is large next to the helicopter ...
    Beautiful cruiser.
  2. Poppy
    Poppy 11 October 2013 09: 29
    thank you very much, excellent report
  3. malikszh
    malikszh 11 October 2013 09: 48
    Now there would be a landing of Uzbeks and Tajiks to clean up the remnants of barrels and other metal.
    1. gispanec
      gispanec 11 October 2013 12: 03
      Quote: malikszh
      Now there would be a landing of Uzbeks and Tajiks to clean up the remnants of barrels and other metal.

      we ourselves would have taken them out from all over the North, they don’t give us current + they say that it is m / scrap and it costs a dipped heap of dough .... well, our costs are not of interest to them ... that's why it still lies ... . Make him ownerless and he will disappear in a couple of years all !!!!!!
  4. Russ69
    Russ69 11 October 2013 09: 50
    It seems like snow, yes ice, but still beautiful .... good
    1. Misantrop
      Misantrop 11 October 2013 10: 05
      Quote: Russ69
      but beautiful ....
      Harsh, not catchy beauty
  5. Volkhov
    Volkhov 11 October 2013 10: 16
    The speed of the return of the icebreaker is amazing - home is the most complete ...
  6. SPLV
    SPLV 11 October 2013 11: 42
    Great photo story! About the most important thing - about the Motherland!
  7. Ka-52
    Ka-52 11 October 2013 12: 21
    Thank. Handsomely! hi
  8. Yankuz
    Yankuz 11 October 2013 12: 27
    7 feet under the keel !!!
  9. kafa
    kafa 11 October 2013 13: 06
    the author of this material is a talented seaman photographer wink
  10. Ruslan Bear
    Ruslan Bear 11 October 2013 15: 06
    still beautiful TARK Peter the Great
  11. common man
    common man 11 October 2013 21: 59
    Question to those in the subject. What did killer vessels do in the campaign, as many as three?
    1. Bibliographer
      Bibliographer 12 October 2013 01: 22
      On Kotelny Island, it was decided to build a stationary berth for receiving barges and middle-class vessels by the type of berth on Novaya Zemlya Island.
      1. Volkhov
        Volkhov 12 October 2013 04: 43
        They are building berths from the shore - for this they brought cranes to the truck chassis, and not for the 2 weeks that the caravan stayed there.
  12. wanderer
    wanderer 11 October 2013 22: 30
    In! Why did they drag the keelers? And the old woman "Pechora"? I remember her back in 1976 in Gremikha. Why is the ENTIRE nuclear fleet, that "Sevmorput" is not on the move? This is rather the entire self-propelled fleet
    1. coserg 2012
      coserg 2012 20 December 2013 15: 56
      And the Pamir in 1977 stood in Severomorsk.
  13. moremansf
    moremansf 12 October 2013 22: 10
    Nice to see the fleet at sea !!! We are back, and that already means something !!!
    1. coserg 2012
      coserg 2012 20 December 2013 16: 03
      Of course it's nice, but warships (surface ships) don't need to go there. There should be warships with icebreaker hulls, even an ice belt won't solve the problem. It's like on a Lamborghini through taiga and windbreaks.