MIL OSI Translation. Region: Russian Federation –
As part of the command-staff exercise in the Northern Fleet to resolve crisis situations in the Arctic under the leadership of the Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy, Admiral Nikolai Yevmenov, naval rescuers worked out the actions of search and rescue forces to provide assistance to a high-board ship that received emergency damage at sea. The practical part of the rescue exercise took place in the Barents Sea near the western part of Kildin Island near the entrance to the Kola Bay. It involved five support vessels of the Northern Fleet, the small anti-submarine ship Yunga of the Kola Flotilla of diverse forces, the naval rescue tug Mikula of the Northern Expeditionary Force of the Rescue Service of the Federal Agency for Fishery, the Il-38 anti-submarine aircraft and the Mi-8mtv-5 multipurpose helicopter of the Army Air Force and Air Defense of the Northern Fleet.
According to the plan of the exercise on a large ocean-going vessel, the role of which was played by the carrier of deep-sea rescue vehicles “Georgy Titov”, there was a fire, as a result of which it lost its speed. Rescuers had to provide fire extinguishing, evacuation of injured sailors and passengers, pump out water from the hold and flooded premises of the damaged ship, supply power and take the ship in tow.
The first to arrive at the scene of the simulated accident was the crew of the Il-38 anti-submarine aircraft, which searched for the emergency facility, found it, dumped the emergency equipment to people in the water, and gave the coordinates of the damaged vessel to the fleet’s search and rescue forces.
On target designation from the anti-submarine aircraft, the Mi-8 multipurpose helicopter continued to operate. In the area of the simulated accident, he dropped the MMDSK-1 small sea landing rescue kit, which was used for the first time in a similar exercise and proved to be highly effective in rescuing people on the water.
A parachute assault force of a group of rescuers, who underwent special training and serve as part of the Air Force and Air Defense Army of the Northern Fleet, also landed from the helicopter. They worked out a splashdown and providing assistance to sailors who were in the water.
The sea rescue tug “Mikula” and the rescue tugboat “Altai” with the help of long-range fire monitors provided cooling of the hull and extinguished the fire on the upper deck of the damaged vessel. The fire boat PZhK-2055 also took part in extinguishing the simulated fire, which brought a foam suppressor on board the conditionally damaged vessel “Georgy Titov” and landed an emergency rescue team to fight the fire in the interior.
A group of divers from the “Ivan Shvets” diving boat carried out the sealing of the conditional hole in the underwater hull of the damaged vessel. Then the tugs “Mikula” and MB-100 worked out the towing of “Georgiy Titov”.
The last episode of the exercise, which was carried out during the towing, was the transfer of a simulated victim from the damaged ship by cable car inside the ESK-1 evacuation rescue container to the Altai rescue ship.
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