The Russian Navy Baltic Fleet’s oceanographic research ship, Admiral Vladimirsky has entered Gulf of Aden, the Russian Ministry of Defence said in a statement.
The vessel sailed from home station in Kronstadt on Dec. 15 for long-distance mission within the 2nd international expedition in the Indian Ocean under the auspices of the UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC-UNESCO).
The vessel Admiral Vladimirsky has the mission to perform hydro-meteorological survey in order to update hydrographical charts through the Baltic, Northern, Mediterranean, and Red seas as well as in the Indian Ocean and north-east Atlantic Ocean.
From January 2-4, the vessel visited Limassol port and replenished storages.
Admiral Vladimirsky is a Project 852 (Poland) type oceanographic research vessel of the Russian Navy built at Szczecin Shipyard (Stocznia Szczecińska) in Poland.
The vessel has a length of 146.6 m and a displacement of 9140 tonnes at full load.
The vessel is powered by two 8000 hp Zgoda-Sulzer 16ZVB40/48 diesel engines driving two fixed pitch propellers and one bow thruster. It is equipped with four 800 kW diesel-generators and one 115 kW diesel-generator.
The ship can achieve a maximum speed of around 20 knots, has a range of 24,000 nmi at a speed of 15.4 knots and has an endurance of 90 days.
The vessel is equipped with MR-231 navigation radar (by replacing MR-212/201-01 Vaygach), two MR-415 Poisk navigation radars (by replacing Don navigation radars).
Th vessel can accommodate 148+36 personnel and has flight deck capable of embarking one Kamov Ka-25 naval helicopter.