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.
Antisubmarine helicopter KA-27.
The caravan was forming far from the ice.
The caravn is led by a big antisubmarine ship “Admiral Levchenko”.
Then comes the petrolium ship “Sergey Osipov”.
The third one is a heavy lift ship, “A. Pushkin”.
The second part is led by the nuclear icebreaker “Vaigach”.
Large landing ship “Kondopoga”.
Large landing ship “Saint George”
Oceanographic research ship “Admiral Vladimirskiy”.
The last one is the tow ship “Pamir”.
The caravan observed from the rear.
Speed and distance between the ships is under strict control.
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.
Here the caravan is moving back to the Laptev Sea.
The caravan has become smaller, it lacks “Vaigach” icebreaker that left for Murmansk, and “Admiral Vladimirskiy” – it left for the east.
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.
Sunrise over the sea.
The fleet was taken to the zone without ice, where the author of these pictures wished them calm sea and said goodbye to them…