Russian Navy Icebreaker Ilya Muromets departs Baltic naval base for Barents Sea

The Russian Navy icebreaker Ilya Muromets departed the Baltic naval base and sailed off for voyage covering roughly 2,000 nautical miles to the home stationing in the Barents Sea.

The vessel is assigned to the Navy’s Northern Fleet and will be used to support the activities of the Arctic Group of the Russian Navy.

Ilya Muromets was laid down at the Admiralty Shipyard in St. Petersburg on April 23, 2015, and floated out in June, 2016. The ship was commissioned into the fleet during a ceremony at the Shipyard on Nov. 30

The Baltic Fleet warships and aircraft supported state tests of the icebreaker that took place at naval training areas of the Fleet. In course of the tests the seamen checked functioning of the aviation complex: Baltic Fleet helicopters landed on the deck more than 100 times in various weather conditions by day and at night.

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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