MIL OSI Translation. Region: Russian Federation –
At the White Sea naval base of the Northern Fleet, solemn events were held dedicated to the 80th anniversary of the emergency rescue squad formed in 1941 on the basis of the Arkhangelsk emergency rescue squad “Epron”.
The subordinates were personally congratulated by the head of the search and rescue operations department of the Northern Fleet, Captain 1st Rank Vladimir Gorban, and he also conveyed congratulations from the Commander of the Fleet, Hero of Russia, Admiral Alexander Moiseev.
In commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the unit, the military and civilian personnel were rewarded with gratitude and diplomas for their achievements in service and work and exemplary discipline.
The rescue squad was created in accordance with the joint order of the People’s Commissar of the USSR Navy and the People’s Commissar of the USSR Navy, issued on the first day of the outbreak of the Great Patriotic War – June 22, 1941. The main task of the detachment at that time was to provide assistance to emergency ships and vessels: removing them from the shallows, keeping them afloat and towing them to the place of repair, as well as performing ship lifting operations.
During the Great Patriotic War, the detachment’s ships carried out rescue operations, icebreaker escort and support for Soviet warships and convoys of Allied ships. A tragic page in the history of the unit was the death of the commander of the ASO, Lieutenant Colonel N. Petrov, and the crew members of the tug “Shkval”, which was blown up by a fascist mine on August 25, 1943. The names of 45 people are forever included in the lists of the unit.
In the post-war period, the first place was taken by the production of ship-lifting operations, the clearing of ports, harbors, fairways from sunken objects, and the raising of ammunition.
Today, the personnel of the rescue squad are faced with the tasks of inspecting and flaw detection of the underwater part of the berths, their subsequent repair, ship lifting operations, towing operations, removal of ships from the shallows, soil washing operations in the ports of Severodvinsk and Arkhangelsk, diving inspections of the underwater part of the hulls, propeller-steering groups, bottom and outboard openings and devices of ships and vessels of the Belomorsk naval base, docking cameras, as well as providing dock operations at the Zvezdochka CS JSC. The detachment’s specialists also lift ammunition on the Severnaya Dvina River from sunken ships during the First World War and annually inspect about 30,000 m2 of the port’s water area.
Ships and boats of the detachment repeatedly took part in search and rescue support of state and sea trials of ships and vessels, expeditions of the Russian Geographical Society, firing of surface ships of submarines, as well as in providing solemn events dedicated to the celebration of the Day of the Russian Navy.
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