Large anti-submarine ship “Vice-Admiral Kulakov” the Northern fleet of the Russian Federation has completed its operation towing suffered the disaster of the Ukrainian fishing vessel anchoring in the area of the Greek island of Gavdos, 30 miles to the South of the island of Crete, said the defense Ministry of Russia on November 25.
The ship with a Ukrainian crew on Board will be transferred to the Greek rescue services, the report said. According to RIA “Novosti”, Russian military sailors are already transferred to the Ukrainian Greek fishermen to the rescue. The condition of crew members is satisfactory, in the way it was given medical help, noted in the defense Ministry.
The defense Ministry also released a video showing how “Vice-Admiral Kulakov” of the Ukrainian takes the ship in tow. Also in the video one of the fishermen tells about the problems with the engine that emerged from their ship.
For towing Ukrainian vessel to the Greek coast of the Russian military ship covered a distance of more than 140 nautical miles, said the Ministry of defense. After this process is complete BOD “Vice-Admiral Kulakov” returned to the tasks in the composition of the permanent group of ships of the naval fleet in the Mediterranean, informed the Agency.
According to the defense Ministry, on the morning of 24 November, “Vice-Admiral Kulakov” has received a distress signal from a Ukrainian fishing vessel 097 (the port of registry Mariupol), on Board of which there were seven people – all citizens of Ukraine.
According to the Russian military, the Ukrainian ship lost course on November 21 and two days were in the drift. The rescue operation was complicated by sea state four ball, squally wind and the storm, the report says the defense Ministry.
BOD “Vice-Admiral Kulakov” is in the Mediterranean sea as part of a permanent grouping of the Russian Navy. The campaign of the Russian ship aircraft carrier group to the Mediterranean sea began on 15 October. It also includes the heavy aircraft-carrying cruiser Admiral Kuznetsov, the heavy nuclear missile cruiser “Pyotr Veliky”, a large anti-submarine ship “Severomorsk” and the ships security. Later they were joined by the frigate “Admiral Grigorovich”. At the end of October in the Western press reported that the ship’s band of the Russian Federation joined three Russian submarines, equipped with cruise missiles “Caliber”.