Ukraine: Black Sea Fleet Floating Workshop PM-56 Returns to Sevastopol


Black Sea Fleet (BSF) floating workshop PM-56 commanded by Capt Igor Bakuradze on Jan 31 returned to Sevastopol from a 6-month deployment in the Mediterranean Sea, BSF press service told Central Navy Portal.

Being deployed in the Mediterranean, the vessel maintained activities of Russian Navy’s task force.

To provide security during the cruise, PM-56 had an anti-terror group and boarding party consisting of BSF marines.

A solemn meeting ceremony took place in Sevastopol; the crew was handed traditional bread-and-salt and a piglet roast.

BSF seagoing tanker Ivan Bubnov continues to maintain Russian Navy’s carrier group in the Mediterranean Sea.

Floating workshop PM-56 was built in Szczecin, Poland in 1973.

General characteristics:

Displacement: 5,540 tons
Dimensions: length – 121.7 meters, beam – 17 meters, draft – 4.63 meters
Full speed: 14 knots
Fuel range: 7,800 miles at 10 knots
Powerplant: 3,000-shp diesel, 1 screw
Carrying capacity: 280 tons of spare parts
Crew: 193 men including 150 workers

Naval Today Staff , February 02, 2012