Russian Navy receives logistics support ship Elbrus

Russian Navy’s new Project 23120 logistic support vessel ‘Elbrus’ has completed acceptance trials and was delivered to the navy’s auxiliary fleet.

Elbrus was subsequently commissioned into the Northern Fleet in a ceremony held on April 4, according to the shipbuilder.

Elbrus will be followed by a second vessel in the class which is already under construction at Severnaya shipyard. A total of three vessels are expected to be built under the contract.

The ice-strengthened vessels are capable of operating in the Arctic in ice up to 60 centimeters thick. The 95-meter long vessels are crewed by 27 sailors and have a range of 5 000 nautical miles.

Featuring a dynamic positioning system, Project 23120 ships are equipped with two 50-ton cranes, towing winches with a pulling force of 120 and 25 tons and a 700 square-meter cargo deck.

In addition to the transport and transfer of goods, the vessels can take part in rescue operations and provide medical assistance to those in distress (the vessel is equipped with a pressure chamber for decompression) and search for sunken objects.