Russian coast guard receives new ice strengthened patrol vessel

A view of the city of Murmansk in an undated photo. The “Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky” vessel arrived here this week. (Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images)
The “Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky” will improve search- and rescue capabilities in Russia’s western Arctic region

The vessel arrived to Murmansk this week and will have the border administration’s facilities in the Kola Bay as homeport.

In Russia, it is the FSB that is in charge of both the land borders and coast guard patrols.

Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky” is the second vessel in the Project 22100 Okean class patrol ships, similar to the “Polyarnaya Zvezda” that was commissioned in 2016.

The ship features modern stealth design, can sail in up to 80 cm thick ice and has a displacement of 2700 tons. It is armed with one AK-176M 76 mm gun for surface or air targets and two 14,5 mm machine guns.

In the stern, the ship has a hangar and helipad for one Ka-27 helicopter.

Designed for open ocean, coastal areas

FSB border guards writes in a press release that the new ship is designed to patrol on long voyages in open ocean and coastal areas where it can counter terrorist threats, participate in rescue operations and function as a fire-fighting vessel.

One more ship of the class, the Anadyr”, is launched from the shipyard, but not yet in service.

FSB Coast Guard vessel in Murmansk. (Thomas Nilsen/The Independent Barents Observer)

The FSB coast guard service for the western Arctic waters has got many new ships over the last decade, including the Project 22120 Purga class (photo above) which also has a ice-strengthened hull. Two ships of the class are based in Murmansk.

Related stories from around the North:

Canada: Canada’s new Arctic patrol ships could be tasked with hurricane relief, CBC News

China: Details of China’s nuclear-powered icebreaker revealed, The Independent Barents Observer

Finland: Finland’s aging icebreaker fleet needs modernization, Yle News

Norway: Arctic-bound Russian icebreaker gets Norway’s help following engine troubles, The Independent Barents Observer

Russia: New Russian icebreaker will boost year-round shipping on Northern Sea Route, The Independent Barents Observer

United States: New U.S. icebreaker will focus on Antarctic, says Coast Guard boss, Alaska Public Media

Thomas Nilsen, The Independent Barents Observer

Thomas Nilsen, The Independent Barents Observer

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