In the framework of the scientific and business part of the military-technical forum “Army-2022”, a scientific conference was held to discuss the results of the joint Complex Expedition of the Northern Fleet and the Russian Geographical Society “Remember the War”. The event was chaired by the commander of the Northern Fleet of the Hero of Russia Admiral Alexander Moiseev, it was attended by representatives of the command of the main associations of the Northern Fleet, heads of departments and services of the Fleet, representatives of the Russian Geographical Society and organizations engaged in underwater technical research and work.
The list of the conference speakers includes: the head of the Department of military historical work of the operational directorate of the Northern Fleet headquarters, Captain 2nd rank Dmitry Ukryukov, commander of the Kola Flotilla of heterogeneous forces, Rear Admiral Oleg Shastov, commander of the Belomorskaya Naval Base, Rear Admiral Oleg Zverev, Deputy Head of the Department of Search and Rescue Operations of the Northern Fleet, Captain 1st rank Mikhail Belov, scientific director of the Complex Expedition “Remember the War” Captain 1st Rank Alexey Kornis, Chairman of the Murmansk Regional Branch of the Russian Geographical Society Denis Moiseev, representative of the Center for Underwater Research of the Russian Geographical Society Andrey Yarkov, General Director of Fertoing company Artem Melnikov.
They spoke about the results of the survey of the areas of the White Sea Throat and the southern part of the Barents Sea and the objects found there, diving surveys of sunken objects from the Great Patriotic War and the possibilities of their recovery, the military-patriotic work done in terms of preserving the memory of the soldiers who died during the Great Patriotic War, the expedition to Matua Island of the Kuril Ridge and the use of various types of new diving equipment, little-known facts in the tragic history of the allied Convoy PQ-17, the underwater research conducted in the Finnskiy and Kola Bays, as well as about the creation of the GIS geoinformation portal “Marine Heritage” where about 3,000 underwater historical objects are mapped, including those discovered during the Complex Expedition “Remember the war”.
Denis Moiseev, Chairman of the MRB RGS, spoke about both the results of the “Remember the War” project and the scientific research expedition to the islands of the Novaya Zemlya archipelago conducted from July 27 to August 15, 2022. Representatives of the RGS (scientists and volunteers), the Northern Fleet and the 12 Main Directorate of the Russian Defense Ministry took part in the expedition. It took place on the "Ilya Muromets" icebreaker.
Denis Moiseev summed up the main results of the expedition. The participants of the expedition:
- paid honors to the Red Fleet men near the village of Belushya Guba and laid a wreath at the military burial near the village of Lagerny
- studied of the camps of Pomors, Litke, Valkov, Pakhtusov and Rakhmanov
- assessed the seismic activity and detected signs of major earthquakes
- registered 19 encounters with polar bears
- carried out comprehensive studies of coastal ecosystems of the Barents and Kara Seas (thermohaline characteristics, plankton, bottom organisms, algae, seabirds and mammals, radioecology)
- carried out underwater exploratory research
- collected unique photo and video materials (natural and historical objects)
In addition, Denis Moiseev proposed to organize a joint expedition to the area of the Franz Josef Land archipelago in honor of the 150th anniversary of its discovery celebrated next year. At the end of his speech, he presented Admiral Alexander Moiseev with a memorable framed photo of the "Ilya Muromets" icebreaker (taken by Vitaly Novikov, a member of the expedition).
The results of the scientific conference were summed up by the commander of the Northern Fleet, Admiral Alexander Moiseev. He encouraged the participants to continue the fruitful joint work and instructed them to monitor the plan of the “Remember the War” Complex Expedition monthly, so that by the end of the year they would have implemented all the research activities planned for this period.
Based on the materials of the Press Service of the Northern Fleet.