"The tugs RB-406 and RB-407 became part of the Pacific Fleet at the end of last year and have started active service," press spokesman for the Eastern Military District Roman Martov told RIA Novosti. "It is planned, that by the end of the winter period the boats will carry out more than 100 tows to ensure the safety of moored military vessels on the north-east coast of the Russian Federation, and the submarine force of the Pacific Fleet."
"These boats are set apart by their great technical capabilities," explained Martov, adding that the vessels make the Pacific Fleet support squad of vessels three times more effective in breaking through ice.
The boats arrived in the port of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky in November last year, having been transported from the port of St Petersburg via the Suez Canal on the cargo ship Wiebka, in a journey which took 54 days. The boats, which are 28.5 meters long and 9.5 meters wide and have a thrust of 47 tons, were manufactured in St Petersburg by the Leningrad Pella shipyard.