The icebreaker "Ilya Muromets" went to sea to search for the famous convoy PQ-17

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The icebreaker of the Northern Fleet "Ilya Muromets" went to the Barents Sea to participate in a complex expedition of the Northern Fleet and the Russian Geographical Society. It is held as part of the patriotic campaign "Remember the War". A little later, the icebreaker will be joined by the logistics support vessel "Elbrus".

The expedition, which consists of several stages and will last until September of this year, will search for the ships and vessels of the Northern Fleet and the Allies that died during the Second World War, primarily from the infamous Arctic convoy PQ-17. This was reported by the press service of the Northern Fleet. In addition, specialists will be engaged in surveying the bottom relief and collecting hydrometeorological information. This information is necessary to clarify the current guidelines and navigational charts.

Well-known historians and authors of books Miroslav Morozov, Andrey Kuznetsov and Igor Borisenko acted as scientific consultants. But they believe that it is not worth waiting for sensations: there is not much information from the military reports of that period, but the experience will be useful for further work.

By the way, since 2018, the Northern Fleet together with the Russian Geographical Society has participated in several expeditions in the Arctic, the Barents Sea and the White Sea. And in 2019, the expedition received the national award "Crystal Compass".

Svetlana Tsygankova

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