The Russian Navy Baltic Fleet’s oceanographic research ship, Admiral Vladimirsky has completed its passage through the Strait of Gibraltar and entered the Mediterranean Sea, while on its long-range mission.
In course of the mission, the crew will perform a great deal of hydrographic and hydro-meteorological work.
According to the Russian MOD statement, the route of the vessel lies through two oceans, five seas and equator. There are some stopovers planned in Cyprus, India, Mauritius, and Italy for rest and replenishing of supplies.
On December 15, the vessel Admiral Vladimirsky sailed from home station in Kronstadt 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 crew surveyed 1,290 kilometers en route from Kronstadt to the Strait of Gibraltar.
Moreover, military hydrographers carried out 14 researches using hydrographic stations and 1,300 km of gravimetrical survey of the sea bottom in order to update hydrographical charts en route from the Baltic Sea to the Mediterranean.
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.
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.