Russian Navy to commission its newest icebreaker, Ilya Muromets on Nov 30

The Russian Navy is planning to commission its newest icebreaker, Ilya Muromets, at the Admiralty Shipyard in St. Petersburg on Nov. 30.

The commissioning ceremony will be attended by representatives of the Navy’s Main Directorate and the United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC).

The icebreaker Ilya Muromets has passed all the stages of tests including factory, performance and state tests. The vessel will join the Navy’s Northern Fleet in the first week of December.

Project 21180 icebreaker Ilya Muromets:

Ilya Muromets is a Project 21180 diesel electric icebreaker built by the Admiralty Shipyards in St. Petersburg for the Russian Navy.

The vessel is almost 278 feet long, 65 feet wide and has a displacement of 6,000 metric tons. It has an operational range of 12,000 nautical miles and two-month endurance.

The vessel’s design incorporates new electric propulsion principles and a modern power plant.

It is capable of navigating through ice up to 2.9 feet thick, carrying cargo in its hold and in containers on the upper deck, performing hydrographic studies and participating in rescue operations.

The vessel can be used to extinguish fires at facilities, clean-up emergency oil spills, and transport troops. In order to perform loading and unloading operations, the icebreaker is equipped with a crane able to carry 26 tons.

The ship will have a crew complement of 32. It can launch and recover helicopter on its bow helipad.

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