MIL OSI Translation. Region: Russian Federation –
As part of the ongoing Black Sea Marine Expedition of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation to search for places of death during the Great Patriotic War of ships, ships and aircraft in the Black Sea, the members of the expedition, while scanning the area of the landing site of the Eltigen assault force, at a distance of 450 m from the coast, found the wreckage of an unknown boat.
Presumably, this object is a Project 165 motorboat, which died during an amphibious operation in 1943. The boat was badly damaged, the remains of the crew and any weapons were not found during the search. In the landing area, the Admiralty anchor, used on boats of this type, was raised on motorboats.
When searching for the likely crash site of the Lugg fighter in this area, the expedition found the wreckage of an Il-2 attack aircraft. Found the cockpit with a part of instruments and equipment. The Il-2 armored back is raised.
Further, the hydrographic vessel of the Black Sea Fleet GS-402 made the transition to the area of Cape Tarkhan, where, as a result of the search, structural elements of the Il-4 bomber were found. Part of the engine was lifted for identification.
On June 14, 2021, from the port of Sevastopol, under the leadership of the Office of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation for perpetuating the memory of those killed in the defense of the Fatherland, the ninth underwater expedition of the Ministry of Defense of Russia started to search for places of death during the Great Patriotic War of Soviet ships, ships and aircraft in the Black Sea.
The Black Sea Marine Expedition is headed by Igor Goikhman, Deputy Head of the Department of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation for the perpetuation of the memory of those killed in the defense of the Fatherland.
The expedition included representatives of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation and members of the Russian Search Movement.
The scientific guidance of the expedition is carried out by underwater archaeologist Alexander Yolkin.
Underwater work will be carried out in the area of Evpatoria, Feodosia and the Kerch Strait. The hydrographic vessel of the Black Sea Fleet GS-402 with an expedition on board will travel over 400 miles, while it will be examined by side-scan sonar with continuous scanning of 30 square miles of the seabed, and it is planned to survey more than 10 suspected places of death of ships, vessels and aircraft.
On the eve of the Day of the Navy, a memorial ceremony with military honors, an orchestra, a guard of honor, laying wreaths on the water and salute will be held at one of the established places of the ship’s wreck.
In addition, the members of the expedition are planning to find and recover fragments of weapons and military equipment from the time of the Great Patriotic War. Coordinates of future search sites are formed according to archival documents. The fate of all finds will be decided by the Russian Ministry of Defense. Most of them will be transferred to the largest museums of the peninsula and the country.
During the Black Sea sea expeditions, the search engines surveyed more than 40 regions, found 17 ships and aircraft, partially recovered artifacts from them: guns, machine guns, structural elements. Most importantly, however, over 1,400 sailors have found their gravesites. The members of the expeditions determined the exact coordinates of the death of ships and ships, compiled and put on the sea maps the passports of military graves and now, the ships passing by, pay military honors to the defenders of the Fatherland.
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