The Dagestan Republican branch of the Russian Geographical Society and the Caspian Flotilla have signed an Agreement on Cooperation.
The Caspian Flotilla is a naval component of the Russian Navy. It is located in Astrakhan. Provides Russia's state interests in the Caspian Sea region. It consists of several brigades and divisions of ships, as well as parts of coastal troops.
The document was signed by the commander of the Flotilla, Rear Admiral Sergei Pinchuk and chairman of the department, doctor of geography, professor of the DSU Eldar Eldarov. According to his words, the seamen will help to continue the underwater exploration in the Caspian. Last year members of the Branch of the Russian Geographical Society in the Republic of Tatarstan, with the assistance of Dagestani geographers, were looking for vessels which had been participating in the Persian campaign of Peter I in the water area of the Caspian Sea near Derbent. Then they discovered the anchor and part of the ship's gun, but most importantly - they determined the places for further searches.
In addition to expeditions, the staff of the Branch and of the Flotilla are planning to work together with children and young people, and engage in their patriotic upbringing. "We will be popularizing yachting in Dagestan, we will be holding competitions on surfing and swimming on boats. This physically tempers adolescents, and develops a healthy worldview," - Eldar Eldarov says.
The third area of joint work of the Agreement's participants is the preservation of the military historical heritage, as well as the perpetuation of the memory of marine travelers. In particular, a member of the presidium of the Dagestan branch of the Russian Geographical Society, the legendary yachtsman-circumnavigator Evgeny Aleksandrovich Gvozdyov.
Evgeny Gvozdev is a Russian navigator. He was born in 1934. From the age of 15 he lived in Makhachkala. He worked as a mechanic on large fishing vessels of the Caspian Sea. In the 1970s he was carried away by yachting, he built himself such a ship. In 1992, at age of 58, he went on his first round-the-world trip on a yacht like the dinghy. In 2003, pensioner Gvozdev completed the second round-the-world trip on a mini-yacht with a length of only 3.7 m. He died in 2008 during his third voyage around the Earth.
The Branch and Flotilla intend to popularize the identity of this Dagestan navigator and thus inspiring compatriots to travel and discovery. In 2018, Gvozdev will be dedicated memorable events, as well as there will be reissued a book about him.