Nortern Sea Route: the Caravan of Military Ships

Nortern Sea Route: the Caravan of Military Ships

Dmitry (dmitry-v-ch-l) has shared these pictures of the Northern Fleet ships guiding nuclear icebreakers along the Northern Sea Route to Kotelny island and back.

September 11, east of the Kara Sea, icebreaker “50th Victory anniversary” and icebreaker “Vaigach” meet the caravan of seven ships that will accompany them, moving line astern.

The caravan was divided into two parts.

Nortern Sea Route: the Caravan of Military Ships

Nortern Sea Route: the Caravan of Military Ships

Antisubmarine helicopter KA-27.

Nortern Sea Route: the Caravan of Military Ships

The caravan was forming far from the ice.

Nortern Sea Route: the Caravan of Military Ships

The caravn is led by a big antisubmarine ship “Admiral Levchenko”.

Nortern Sea Route: the Caravan of Military Ships

Nortern Sea Route: the Caravan of Military Ships

Nortern Sea Route: the Caravan of Military Ships

Then comes the petrolium ship “Sergey Osipov”.

Nortern Sea Route: the Caravan of Military Ships

The third one is a heavy lift ship, “A. Pushkin”.

Nortern Sea Route: the Caravan of Military Ships

The second part is led by the nuclear icebreaker “Vaigach”.

Nortern Sea Route: the Caravan of Military Ships

Nortern Sea Route: the Caravan of Military Ships

Large landing ship “Kondopoga”.

Nortern Sea Route: the Caravan of Military Ships

Large landing ship “Saint George”

Nortern Sea Route: the Caravan of Military Ships

Nortern Sea Route: the Caravan of Military Ships

Oceanographic research ship “Admiral Vladimirskiy”.

Nortern Sea Route: the Caravan of Military Ships

The last one is the tow ship “Pamir”.

Nortern Sea Route: the Caravan of Military Ships

The caravan observed from the rear.

Nortern Sea Route: the Caravan of Military Ships

Nortern Sea Route: the Caravan of Military Ships

Nortern Sea Route: the Caravan of Military Ships

Speed and distance between the ships is under strict control.

Nortern Sea Route: the Caravan of Military Ships

While moving in ice free water the ships are stretching apart. When they come closer to the ice the distance between them should become shorter.

Nortern Sea Route: the Caravan of Military Ships

Nortern Sea Route: the Caravan of Military Ships

Nortern Sea Route: the Caravan of Military Ships

Nortern Sea Route: the Caravan of Military Ships

Nortern Sea Route: the Caravan of Military Ships

Nortern Sea Route: the Caravan of Military Ships

Nortern Sea Route: the Caravan of Military Ships

Nortern Sea Route: the Caravan of Military Ships

Nortern Sea Route: the Caravan of Military Ships

Nortern Sea Route: the Caravan of Military Ships

Nortern Sea Route: the Caravan of Military Ships

Here the caravan is moving back to the Laptev Sea.

Nortern Sea Route: the Caravan of Military Ships

Nortern Sea Route: the Caravan of Military Ships

Nortern Sea Route: the Caravan of Military Ships

Nortern Sea Route: the Caravan of Military Ships

The caravan has become smaller, it lacks “Vaigach” icebreaker that left for Murmansk, and “Admiral Vladimirskiy” – it left for the east.

Nortern Sea Route: the Caravan of Military Ships

Nortern Sea Route: the Caravan of Military Ships

They were trying to avoid ice but finally came to the line iced over at Cape Chelyuskin. The situation was difficult: they had only one icebreaker for many ships of the caravan and some of those ships were not of an ice class at all.

The captain made the decision to explore the route without the caravan which was left in the clear water.

Nortern Sea Route: the Caravan of Military Ships

Sunrise over the sea.

Nortern Sea Route: the Caravan of Military Ships

The fleet was taken to the zone without ice, where the author of these pictures wished them calm sea and said goodbye to them…

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