15:20 GMT +322 September 2019
Listen Live
    Emperor penguins near the Mirny Soviet Antarctic research station, 1989

    First Russian Antarctic Expedition in 30 Years to Kick Off in 2015

    © Sputnik / V. Chistyakov
    Russia
    Get short URL
    0 83
    Subscribe

    The Russian Navy is preparing for a six-month expedition to the Antarctica, the first in more than three decades, the Defense Ministry announced on Thursday.

    “The ‘Admiral Vladimirsky’ oceanographic ship is completing repairs at a St. Petersburg shipyard as part of ongoing preparations for an Antarctic expedition to commence at the end of this year,” the Ministry said in a statement.

    The ‘Admiral Vladimirsky’ last sailed to the Antarctic coast in 1982, together with the ‘Faddey Bellinsgauzen’ oceanographic research vessel.

    The members of the expedition will carry out a series of hydrographic measurements to update the existing navigation charts and manuals, and will also test systems of radio navigation to ensure safe shipping in Antarctic waters.

    Related:

    Under the Ice: Robotic Vehicle Shoots First Footage of Antarctic Seafloor
    NASA: Major Antarctic Ice Shelf to Disintegrate Within Few Years
    Tags:
    Antarctica, expedition, Admiral Vladimirsky research ship, Russian Navy, Russia
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik