The Northern Fleet has completed a comprehensive doctrine of the search and rescue forces (PSO) to assist conditionally emergency submarine in distress.
The exercise of the PSO forces started in the Northern Fleet the day before, on November 8. With the arrival of a conditional distress signal, a search and rescue center (SRP) of the regional command center was deployed at the headquarters of the Northern Fleet. PSP specialists have worked out the management of the duty of the search and rescue fleet support forces in assisting an emergency submarine.
At the first stage of the exercise, actions on various introductory exercises were fulfilled on duty at the change of control centers of the fleet associations.
The practical stage of the exercise, during which the readiness of the forces to act on sudden induction was tested, was conducted this morning. The actions of the forces were worked out in a given area on the border of the Barents and Norwegian Seas under difficult hydrometeorological conditions.
According to the scenario of the exercise, the submarine performing scheduled tasks at sea lost its course due to a technical malfunction, and surfaced in a storm sea. The submarine, which was conditionally in distress, was the Kaluga diesel-electric submarine.
Specifying the coordinates of a conventionally distressing submarine in a given area carried out the anti-submarine IL-38 of the army of the Air Force and Air Defense of the Northern Fleet from the duty forces. Finding a submarine on the surface of the sea, the crew of the aircraft transferred its coordinates to the regional control center of the Northern Fleet. The PSO duty forces were sent to the indicated coordinates, as well as warships performing planned combat training tasks at sea.
In normal time, the rescue tug Nikolay Chiker arrived in the area of the exercise, whose crew worked out practical actions to organize the towing of a submarine in difficult storm conditions. Fighting ships also arrived in the exercise area – the heavy nuclear missile cruiser “Peter the Great” and the frigate “Admiral of the Fleet of the Soviet Union Gorshkov”, whose crews were ready to solve search and rescue missions.
As the commander of the Northern Fleet, Admiral Nikolai Evmenov, noted, “the personnel of the Northern Fleet involved in the training exercise on assisting a conditionally distressing submarine successfully coped with the tasks. In difficult hydrometeorological conditions, the North Sea men demonstrated high maritime proficiency and the ability to effectively solve sea rescue missions. ”
Exercises and trainings of the Northern Fleet military command bodies and personnel of the PSO forces are conducted on a regular basis. They are traditionally attracted to the crews of submarines, surface ships, as well as aircraft combining the Air Force and Air Defense of the fleet.