Two auxiliary ships to join Russia’s Northern Fleet by Navy Day (photo)
By the Day of Russian Navy the Northern Fleet will be expanded with the two state-of-the-art port service ships Umba and Pecha, press center of the Ministry of Defence says.
The ships are intended for combat service support of submarines, surface ships and floating facilities. Their major tasks are to supply different fuels and lubricants and water, transport different cargoes, collect oily/bilge waters and solid waste from ships and floating facilities, as well as to perform oil spill response activities.
By the end of the current year, Black Sea and Baltic Sea Fleets will get one port service ship each.
All in all, 16 new ships are to join Russian Navy in 2014.
As of today, the auxiliary fleet of Russian Navy numbers over 440 vessdels.