How long do ships live? The Commune ship of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet based in Sevastopol is the oldest vessel of the Russian Navy which is 99 years old.
On November 12, 2012 the ship will celebrate its 100 anniversary. The project of the submarine rescuer was developed in 1911 and the ship was called Commune in 1922.
The rescue ship is still in service but periodically undergoes some repairs. It is 81 m long, and 13,2 m deep.
Let us board the vessel and look at it closer.
The ship had been used since 1915. It participated in World War I and II, as well as Revolution.
Between the board of the catamaran vessel there is a mobile platform with a descending undersea vehicle.
The undersea vehicle can be descended 1 km deep.
The undersea vehicle is intended for searching and detection of submarines and elevation of loads up to 150 km, cutting cables, etc.
The vehicle is supplied with 10 engines that make it extremely mobile.
The manipulator cuts metal and cables located 1 km deep.
All electronic systems are based in the yellow capsules. While placing them underwater, they are deprived of air providing for complete encapsulation.