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

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    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.


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