Future Russian Navy rescue tug to honour decorated WWII salvage officer

United Shipbuilding Corporation’s (USC) Astrakhan Ship Repair Plant has laid the keel of a new Project 22870 rescue tug slated for the Russian Navy.

The vessel, the seventh in a series, will be named Mikhail Chekov after a Soviet naval officer known for his marine rescue and salvage efforts in the Black Sea during World War II.

The future Mikhail Chekov will have a length of 57 metres, a beam of 14 metres, a maximum displacement of 1,605 tonnes, and a speed of 14 knots. Duties will include search and rescue (SAR), firefighting, towing and salvage operations, dive support, marine surveys, and oil spill cleanup.

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