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Today in the main base of hydrographs of the Northern Fleet a ceremony of solemn raising of the flag took place on a new hydrographic boat of project 23040G “Leonid Centura”. It was attended by the leadership and officers of the hydrographic service of the fleet. The boat was officially accepted into the Northern Fleet.
State tests of the new hydrographic boat took place in the Kola Bay and the Barents Sea. They completed successfully a month ago. In early December, the acceptance certificate was signed and the ship was prepared for admission to the fleet.
The boat is named after an outstanding military hydrographer and explorer of the Arctic, a veteran of the Great Patriotic War, Captain 1st Rank Leonid Sergeevich Senchura (1919-2008). He was the head of the Northern Hydrographic Expedition and made a great contribution to the exploration of the Arctic Ocean, incl. bottom relief. Under his leadership, the uplift of the Lomonosov ridge was examined in detail, and the Gakkel ridge was discovered and studied in detail. For success in this work, Leonid Sergeevich was awarded the P. Litke gold medal and the USSR State Prize.
The displacement of the BGK “Leonid Centura” is about 190 tons. The length is 30 meters. Speed - 12 knots, cruising range – 1600 nautical miles, autonomy – 10 days. The crew consists of 9 people.
The boat is designed to survey the bottom relief at depths of up to 2 kilometers; it is capable of conducting high-precision area surveys at depths of up to 400 meters. The boat carries out a survey of navigational hazards at depths of up to 100 meters. The vessel is used for the installation and maintenance of all kinds of marine warning floating signs, navigation and hydrographic support of rescue and search operations, as well as for pilotage.
The boat was built by Zavod Nizhegorodsky Teplokhod OJSC and became the last – the sixth in a series ordered by the Russian Ministry of Defense. Launching took place on August 31 in the town of Bor, Nizhny Novgorod region. After that, from October 20 to November 5, the boat was towed to the Kola Bay via inland waterways, where it was tested.
Hydrographs of the Northern Fleet are updated on a regular basis; over the past few years, several large hydrographic boats of project 19920, as well as a small hydrographic vessel “Nikolay Skosyrev”, have been accepted. On December 10, a solemn ceremony of raising the flag on the large hydrographic catamaran Grigory Shadrin took place in Mishukovo.
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