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New deep sea rescue apparatus undergoes tests at Russian Baltic fleet

June 03, 2014, 19:24 UTC+3 KALININGRAD
In one of the tests the rescue apparatus will be checked deep at sea to ensure evacuation of an assumed submarine crew
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KALININGRAD, June 03. /ITAR-TASS/. Experts of the search and rescue department of the Russian Baltic Fleet have begun tests of a deep-sea rescue apparatus "Bester-1" built for rescue ship Igor Belousov, press service chief for the Baltic Fleet of the Western Military District Vladimir Matveyev said on Tuesday.

The tests include speed tests, sea maneuvers and diving tests to the Baltic Sea bottom. A rescue ship of the Baltic Fleet” CC-750” and the "Varshavyanka” submarine have been employed in the tests. In one of the tests the rescue apparatus will be checked deep at sea to ensure evacuation of an assumed submarine crew.

Upon completion of the tests the Bester-1 will be employed by search and rescue teams of the Russian Navy.

The Bester-1 apparatus is capable to plunge to the depth of 700 meters. The apparatus is provided with the latest control systems, targeting and diving gears to dock the rescue apparatus with a submarine hull. A special camera docked with a submarine emergency exits enables to evacuate a crew from a submarine listed up to 45 degrees, while all the known rescue apparatuses used in Russia and abroad until then enabled to rescue a submarine listed to no more than 15 degrees, Matveyev said.

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