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MOSCOW, December 09. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia’s Navy will put into service 12 new-generation search-and-rescue boats by 2015, a spokesman for the Russian Navy told Itar-Tass on Monday.
“These state-of-the-art multi-functional modular boats of Project 23370 capable of performing a wide range of tasks within the search and rescue services of fleets,” he said. “It is planned that by 2015, the Baltic Fleet will receive eight boats of this project, including four boats for the Leningrad and Baltic naval bases each. Four boats of the same project will be delivered to the Caspian Flotilla.”
The RF Navy spokesman said that the “launch of a multi-functional search and rescue support modular boat of Project 23370, built for the Navy by the JSC KAMPO, took place in August of this year.” “At present, the boat’s state tests are coming to an end at the Leningrad naval base,” he added.
Boats of Project 23370 are used as a multi-functional platform, carrying specialized equipment and technical appliances. The boats, depending on the equipment installed on them, can be used as diving support, search and rescue, fire-fighting, medical vessels, as well as port security vessels and clean-up boats.
The key features of the new boat distinguishing it from the traditional vessels are: more than 100 square meters of free deck space for placing a lot of machinery and equipment, a hydraulic crane manipulator and a cargo boom with a power-block, which allow the boat to carry out cargo handling operations and move the equipment that is on board without using onshore loading machinery. The boat’s hydraulically-driven propulsion system can also be used for operating seaborne machinery and special, including portable, equipment.