“The MB-97 tugboat built at the Leningrad Shipbuilding Plant Pelas is the first vessel in 2016 received by the Baltic Fleet as part of the upgrade of its auxiliary forces,” the release said.
It is noted that "the tug has successfully passed the factory running and state tests, the government customer has signed an acceptance certificate".
According to the press service, “in the near future, he will be introduced into the Navy and will begin to fulfill the tasks of assignment as part of the support vessels of the Baltic naval base.”
“The sea tug of the 02790 project is intended for towing vessels and floating structures in the open sea and port waters, carrying out escort operations at speeds up to 10 nodes, fighting fires on floating and coastal objects, conducting search and rescue operations. The vessel is capable of breaking ice as thick as 80 cm at speeds up to 5 nodes. ”- said in a statement.
In the current Year, the BF will receive several more vessels for integrated port support.