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Today, the main base of the Northern fleet Severomorsk returned rescue tugboat “Altai” with the staff of the expedition to the archipelago of Franz-Joseph. On the pier the members of the expedition welcomed the commander of the Northern fleet Vice-Admiral Alexander Moiseev. He congratulated them on the successful execution of tasks and return to base.

As noted by the commander of the Northern fleet, the comprehensive expeditions of the Northern fleet jointly with the Russian geographical society has become a good tradition that will continue in the future. “The close cooperation of the Northern fleet and the scientific community in the course of expeditionary activities contributing to the empowerment of our country to study and preserve the unique Arctic nature and the accumulation of new knowledge on Arctic territories”, – said Vice-Admiral Alexander Moiseev.

A comprehensive expedition to the Franz Joseph were carried out of the Northern fleet, in cooperation with the Russian geographical society and the national Park “Russian Arctic”. It began on 15 August with the exit from the base of the rescue tugboat “Altai” and took place in the Barents and Kara seas near the Islands of Novaya Zemlya and Franz-Joseph. In 44 days the expedition made more than 20 landings on the Arctic Islands. They confirmed the formation of 5 new Islands emerged from under the glacier near New Lands, and discovered the metamorphosis of the Peninsula to the island on the Franz Josef. Hydrographers conducted a set of studies and measurements, which was determined by the maximum depth of the Barents sea. It amounted to 632 meters.

Complex expedition were carried out in the year of the 90th anniversary of the first raising of the flag of the USSR (30 August 1929) and the 105th anniversary of the first raising of the flag of Russia over the archipelago of Franz Josef Land (the expedition of captain of 1 rank of Ishaq Islyamova). These dates were devoted to a number of historical and Patriotic events, which were held by the Northern fleet on the Islands of the archipelago. In particular, were the State flags of Russia on the cliff Lunacharsky Islands hooker, Cape flora of NORTHBROOK island and Cape Wings Rudolf island.

During the expedition, obtained unique data on glaciology, biology, ecology and history of the Arctic archipelago. The participants of the expedition also performed a complex geographical and archaeological studies associated with the study of the Arctic archipelago, is partially repeated the trails of the pioneers: Julius payer 1874 and Frederick Jackson 1897, and held a number of historical experiments.

Completed a comprehensive expedition to the archipelago Franz-Joseph became second in a row for the Northern fleet. According to the results of the first expedition made last year at the Novaya Zemlya archipelago, the Northern fleet received the national award in the field of geography, ecology, preservation and popularization of natural, historical and cultural heritage of Russia “Crystal compass” in the category “tours and expeditions”.

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