MOSCOW, January 14. /ITAR-TASS/. Sixteen new support ships will be delivered to Northern, Pacific, Baltic and Black Sea fleets in 2014, the press service and information department of the Russian Defense Ministry told Itar-Tass on Tuesday.
“The Russian Navy will be replenished with new sea-going and harbor tugboats, port-servicing vessels, logistic support ships, armament support ships, communication motorboats and target ships,” the press service reported.
The ministry reported that the country’s Navy plans to purchase 96 ships by 2020 under the development concept of naval support fleet. “We plan to have 70 percent of new and modern ships and vessels in naval support fleet by 2020,” the press service said.
Production enterprises manufacture logistic and technical support ships.
Russian naval support fleet is assigned with the tasks of logistic and technical support of the fleets in the maritime area, at harbors, in bays and bases and the delivery of supplies to the Extreme North and Far East.
Russian naval support fleet operates more than 450 vessels. This fleet ships more than 500,000 tonnes of cargoes and ten thousands of people a year and provides for the operation of about 100 naval deployment places. Auxiliary ships also ensure ecological safety and conduct ecological monitoring.