Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Heavy Lifting Ship KIL-158 in Syria


Amateur navy watchers talk warships. Professionals talk auxiliaries.From the Ministry of Defense website:

The Black Sea Fleet ship KIL-158 returned from the Syrian Arab Republic where the crew has restored the floating pier in the Technical Support Base in Tartus, Syria.

The heavy lifting ship KIL-158 was built in 1989 at the Neptune Shipyard in Rostok, German Democratic Republic. It has been in the Black Sea Fleet since 1989. KIL-158 is designed for lifting and placing roadstead equipment, attaching and detaching floating docks and also for transporting a wide range of cargoes.

According to the captain, Nikolay Perun, all the work planned for the ship in port was done. The dock was not used for a long time as the massive mooring space was silted in and the anchoring points were broken. The sailors of the heavy lifting ship with the assistance of divers lifted 16 50 ton anchors holding the floating dock, changed out the chains and tightened them up again. The concrete coverings were restored and welding and painting was also done. The crew also offered help to port services and laid an underwater fresh water pipe.


Navalist said...

There's a lot more noise on the air/web/press about Tartus and the Russian Navy in the last year than any time I can remember in the last ten years.

Question is, is this just a one-off feint by Russia to make interested parties nervous about a reappearence of a regular Russian Naval presence in the Med or is it one of the first concrete steps in a plan to restore the facilities at Tartus in order to base important Russian capital ships.

Looks like it may be time to start the stopwatch on support/auxiliary visits to Tartus.

chesapeakeauxie said...

I would think it's the latter. Unless they somehow run out of money midway through :)

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