According to the newspaper, at the time of launching to sea, "the operation of general ship systems and mechanisms was tested, engines, steering gears were tested, noise was measured." On the test "Kovalev" out with weight and size models of missiles on board.
Resource Help: “Akademik Kovalev, MTV project 20180TV, built on the basis of the sea rescue tug Zvezdochka (project 20180) and is a representative of the new family of auxiliary vessels supporting the Navy. Designed for loading, unloading and transportation of various types of naval weapons. Its displacement is 6,3 thousand tons, speed - 14 nodes, crew - 60 people. The vessel is equipped with a cargo crane designed for 120 t. "