"The mechanisms we had in good condition and repair were carried out qualitatively, but the crew was not formed at the time of the transition, because we carried out repairs with reduced staff, in Varna there were only about 30 percent of the crew," explained Roman Kotlyarov why the ship returned in tow.
Towage took place in difficult weather conditions. "We were pretty shook on the" long wave, "and the ship was light, without ammunition, without armament, without armored vehicles and airborne troops, with fuel and water," the ship's commander noted.
“The repair was serious, he touched the whole ship,” said Roman Kotlyarov. “Great work was carried out on the X-NUMX warhead. In particular, two main engines were repaired, three diesel generators, new boilers were supplied, and, in addition, galley equipment. The cabins of the officers, the troopers of the troops, the canteen of the personnel, latrines ... In short, residential and office premises were repaired. A large amount of hull work was carried out. "
During the year personnel changes took place in the crew. The former commander of the BC-4,7 captain-lieutenant Denis Titov became the senior assistant commander, and the commander of the BC-4,7 now captain-lieutenant Dmitry Bondarenko. The commander of the warhead-2,3 became captain-lieutenant Yevgeny Safonov. In his submission to the commander of the rocket-artillery battery, Senior Lieutenant Yuri Lipovoy. Vacant to date is the position of the commander of the warhead-1. Acting commander of the warhead engineer warhead-1, Senior Lieutenant Bazhen Kaptenko. Remains unchanged the backbone of the warhead-5, where the commander of the captain 3 rank Vyacheslav Doolin. He heads the most numerous warhead from 2009 of the year. Relatively recently in the position of engineer BS-5 senior lieutenant Artem Yurien. The same number of "old-timers" of warheads-5 can be attributed to the foreman of the team of mechanics of senior midshipman Vladimir Lichardin. He has more than 15 years of service at the Caesar Kunikov BDK. There was a time when it was he who served as the commander of the BCh-5.
Sevastopol Roman Kotlyarov - commander of the ship with great experience. For five years he commanded the crew of the Novocherkassk BDK until he handed it over to Captain 3 of rank Vladimir Bolsun at that time. Since March, 2013, the year Roman Kotlyarov - the commander of the BDK "Caesar Kunikov."
The commander noted a significant contribution to the repair work of Captain 5 of VC-3 commander Vyacheslav Dulin, senior midshipman Vladimir Lichardin, senior boatswain senior midshipman Alexander Datsuk, senior engineer of 2 senior contract service Ilya Ivanchenko.
Now the crew of "Caesar Kunikov" is replenished with the missing military personnel and is preparing for the delivery of the first course task.
The large landing ship BDK-64 of the 775 project was built in Gdansk (Poland) and put into operation in the autumn of 1986. 10 May 1989, the ship received the name "Caesar Kunikov" in honor of Major Caesar Lvovich Kunikov, who in 1943, for his brilliant leadership of the amphibious operation and the courage and bravery shown at that, received the title Hero of the Soviet Union posthumously.