Russia: First new ice breaker in decades hits the waves for Baltic Sea trials

The Russian Navy’s newest icebreaker, the Ilya Muromets, departed from the Admiralty Shipyard wharf in Saint Petersburg on Thursday, to begin a 27-day sea trial in the Baltic Sea. This is the first icebreaker to join Russian fleet in 40 years. «We call it an icebreaker, but in fact it is really a multifunctional vessel,» Russian Navy Deputy Commander-in-Chief Alexander Fedotenkov, said... Еще continuing, «it is set to accomplish different tasks, for example, escorting warships in the Arctic, completing science and research, as well as hydrographic work. And, if necessary, assisting military ships or submarines and cargo transportation.» The Ilya Muromets has a displacement of 6,000 tonnes, a range of 12,000 nautical miles (22224km) and can break ice up to 80 cm (31 inches) thick.

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