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The hydrographic vessel “Romuald Muklevich” has returned to the village of Mishukovo (which is located on the left bank of the Kola Bay opposite the city of Murmansk). For 52 days, it participated in several stages of the complex expedition of the Northern Fleet and the Russian Geographical Society “Remember the War”. The research was carried out in the waters of the Barents and Kara Seas, off the coast of Severny Novaya Zemlya Island and the continental coast, where the routes of northern convoys passed during the Great Patriotic War.
During the expedition, several underwater objects were discovered. Most of them are ships and vessels that died in the early and middle of the 20th century. As the participants of the campaign assume, one of the ships of the Lend-Lease convoys. In the future, all finds will be classified and accurately identified.
During the survey of the bottom relief in the area of Novaya Zemlya, the fishing trawler “Onega” was found, which sank at the end of 2020. Also, when carrying out planned oceanographic work, hydrographers in the area of Belushya Bay discovered a German TMS bottom mine, installed there by a submarine U-956.
The research group working on board the Romuald Muklevich GS confirmed the coordinates of the previously discovered by the search and rescue forces of the large hunter BO-224 and the D-3 Krasnogvardeets submarine, the German submarines U-307 and U-387. In addition, in the Kara Sea, the coordinates of previously discovered ships and vessels of the BD-5 convoy, which died there in 1944, were confirmed.
At the site of the sinking of the D-3 submarine, the Marina Raskova transport, the minesweepers TSH-114 and TSH-118, the members of the expedition held commemorative events with the laying of wreaths on the water.
As part of ocean research, the Romuald Muklevich hydrographic vessel has carried out more than a thousand kilometers of bottom topography using a multi-beam echo sounder. The total amount of prospecting work exceeded 2 thousand km.
Based on the results of the past stages of the integrated expedition, the commander of the Northern Fleet set the task of working out the issue of its continuation in 2022, including with the aim of identifying the identified underwater objects.
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