Russia to receive third SAR cutter
The Russian Navy is to receive the third improved Project 23370M multifunctional cutter in 2018, the Russian Ministry of Defence announced on 8 November. The cutter will support search and rescue operations of the Russian Pacific Fleet.
The cutter, which will be deployed in Kamchatka, is a modernised version of Project 23370 vessels and is larger, faster and has better living and working conditions for the crew.
The boat is designed to perform missions such as search and rescue, emergency at open roadsteads, stationing points and coastal raids, naval bases and coastal areas. The cutter will also be used as a diving vessel.
SMK-2176, the first Project 23370M multifunctional modular cutter, was built by KAMPO and commissioned by the Northern Fleet in 2016. In November 2017, another cutter of Project 23370M was transferred to the Pacific Fleet with a permanent deployment in Vladivostok.
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