Icebreaking guard ship ready for patrol

The first vessel of a new icebreaking series 22120 built in St Petersburg is ready for its maiden voyage. Next year she will be deployed by the Russian border guard forces.

The ship is designed to serve in the cold waters of northern seas and is able to break ice more than half a meter thick, reports ITAR-TASS.

With a displacement of 1066 tons and hull length of 71 meters, its maximum velocity is 24 knots (44.5 kph). It also has a landing pad for reconnaissance helicopters, which can be used to locate smugglers, poachers and other maritime offenders.

Vessels of this class will be used for patrol duties in the Gulf of Finland, Barents Sea, Sea of Azov and the Pacific Ocean.