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Speculations surround new Russian navy vessel

Speculations surround new Russian navy vessel 11.01.2008 The Zvezdochka shipyard in Severodvinsk, Arkhangelsk Oblast, says that its newly constructed vessel, the Zvezdochka, will be able to ship offshore technology, military equipment and engage in tugging and lifting operations. According to the Zvezdochka plant, the 5000 ton multipurpose vessel, built for the Russian Navy, will be able to ship mines, torpedoes and missiles, as well as to help lift sunken vessels, among them submarines.

The ship will also be engaged in the shipping of various heavy technology components and containers, and research and testing equipment. The vessel will also be able to assist in emergency situations and rescue operations, as well as function as tug ship, vdvsn.ru reports.

According to Itar-Tass, the Zvezdochka ship will be able to operate under all conditions. On board will be several specialized smaller vessels, among them an unmanned mini-sub and speed boats.

The construction of the vessel was started on 3rd September 2004, on the very 50-years anniversary of the shipyard, which is the reason for the name choice.

Source: www.barentsobserver.com, photo: vdvsn.ru

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