Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Russia's submarine rescue vehicle enters service
Bester-1 submarine rescue vessel
Staff, The Maritime Executive
2 February 2016
Bester-1, Russia’s deepwater search and rescue vehicle, has been put into service in the Russian Navy’s Pacific Fleet.
The vehicle can operate at depths of 700 meters and is fitted with unique control systems and cameras that enable it to couple to the rescue exit of a submarine. It has a docking chamber which allows link-up with submarines that are heeling up to 45 degrees.
The Bester-1 has been delivered on board the ship Alagez, reinforcing the 79th rescue detachment of the Pacific Fleet. Its crew consists of six, specially-trained members.
The Bester-1 was built by Admiralty Shipyards in St. Petersburg, and it underwent trials last year.