MIL OSI Translation. Region: Russian Federation –
The expedition of the Northern Fleet and the Russian Geographical Society (RGO) completed its work in the Barents Sea on the island of Kildin to search, survey and put in order the military graves of the Great Patriotic War.
An expedition of 28 people spent 11 days on the island. Among them were servicemen of the Northern Fleet and the Murmansk regional military registration and enlistment office, residents of the Murmansk region and the Republic of Chuvashia, members of the Russian Geographical Society, as well as journalists from regional media.
The delivery of the group to the island and its return to the Gryaznaya Bay of the Kola Bay was provided by the crew of the landing boat of the amphibious assault ship of the Kola Flotilla of diverse forces.
Upon returning to the territory of the hydro aerodrome in the village of Safonova, the expedition was met by the head of the missile and artillery armament service of the Northern Fleet, Lieutenant Colonel Dmitry Dulich, who is also a well-known local historian, military historian and reenactor in the Murmansk region. On behalf of the command of the fleet and the leadership of the Russian Geographical Society, he congratulated the members of the expedition on the completion of the work and a successful return to the mainland, thanked them for their activities and presented them with certificates.
There are several dozen military graves on the Kildin Island. The military memorial service of the Northern Fleet’s MTO headquarters is working on their certification and maintenance in proper condition.
Observation points, coastal artillery batteries and a military airfield operated on Kildin Island during the period of hostilities in the Arctic Circle. The island defended the entrance to the Kola Bay, where the bases of the Northern Fleet and the main port, Murmansk, were located, where the ships of the allied convoys came under the Lend-Lease program.
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