Russian Navy Search-and-Rescue Service will receive its improved Project 23370M multifunctional modular cutter in 2018.
According to Captain 1 Rank Damir Shaykhutdinov, the Chief of the Navy’s Search-and-Rescue Service, the modular cutter will replenish the search-and-rescue forces of the Pacific Fleet and will be deployed in Kamchatka.
According to him, the boat is designed to carry out search, emergency-and-rescue and search-and-rescue operations at open roadsteads, stationing points and coastal raids, naval bases and coastal areas and to be used as a diving vessel.
Project 23370M multifunctional modular cutter is a modified version of Project 23370. It is notable for increased dimensions, faster speed and better living and working conditions for the crew.
The first Project 23370M multifunctional modular cutter – SMK-2176 – was built at the Enterprise ‘KAMPO’ and commissioned by the Northern Fleet in 2016. In November 2017, another cutter of Project 23370M was transferred to the Pacific Fleet with a permanent deployment in Vladivostok. In 2018, the third modernized modular cutter will replenish the search-and-rescue forces of the Pacific Fleet’s station on the Kamchatka Peninsula.