Ukrainian army strikes Russian catamaran in service since 1913

The Ukrainian defense forces reported on Sunday that they had successfully targeted and damaged the Komuna, a rescue catamaran from the Russian navy. Notably, the Komuna, a catamaran, is the oldest naval vessel still in operation worldwide. The attack on this Sevastopol-based vessel took place in the Crimean Peninsula, home to the Black Sea Fleet. According to a statement by Dmytro Pletenchuk, the Komuna was hit while docked in Sevastopol Bay. This make rendering it unable to fulfill its mission tasks. 

Ukrainian army strikes Russian catamaran in service since 1913
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As stated on Telegram by the Ukrainian Armed Forces, the Russian Navy’s Komuna is one of their oldest ships, having been launched in 1913. One of the catamaran’s last missions was connected to the sunken Moskva. The catamaran was removing bodies and sensitive materials. We remind you – Moskva was submerged in 2022. It was the flagship of the Black Sea Fleet.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has consistently expressed pride in his defense forces’ successful strikes against Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, stationed in Crimea, a peninsula that Russia annexed in 2014. Ukrainian sources claim that they have either destroyed or decommissioned about one-third of this fleet since the start of the war.

A few days ago, Sevastopol’s Governor, Mikhail Razvazaev, confirmed that the Russian military successfully intercepted a missile attack aimed at a moored vessel. The attack caused a minor fire outbreak due to scattered debris. He reassured citizens that authorities promptly suppressed the fire.

We should take a moment to appreciate the unique and storied history of the Russian rescue ship Komuna, also classified under Project 22870. This salvage vessel initially launched in 1913 for operations in the Baltic Sea, is one of the world’s oldest active ships. Over the decades, the ship’s role has significantly evolved and expanded. 

Technologically, the Komuna is impressively equipped with an array of specialized submarine rescue equipment. This includes cutting-edge deep-sea diving systems, remotely piloted vehicles, and a decompression chamber. The ship’s arsenal also boasts a deep-sea rescue module used to rescue submariners from distressed submarines.

Ukrainian army strikes Russian catamaran in service since 1913
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Fascinatingly, the Komuna seems to defy aging as it has undergone numerous updates and improvements throughout the years. The ship now sports upgraded navigation and communication tools, matched with enhanced crew accommodations, making it a significant player in Russia’s naval force. 

There’s an undeniable admiration from American experts for the Komuna’s adaptability and enduring service. While it might not match the high-tech capabilities of more modern vessels, its tested reliability and unique abilities undeniably contribute to its continued importance in submarine rescue maneuvers. 

In its early days, during the First World War, the Kommuna played a pivotal role in executing submarine rescue operations in the Baltic Sea. This critical role significantly contributed to maintaining the battle readiness of the Russian submarine fleet at that time. 

Ukrainian army strikes Russian catamaran in service since 1913
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As the world was engulfed in the Second World War, the Kommuna’s services were yet again required for performing submarine rescue operations. Moreover, its role expanded to convoy escorting in the treacherous Arctic waters, thereby protecting crucial supply lines.

In the years following the war, Kommuna was enlisted for various scientific and research tasks. Its extensive engagement included participating in hydrographic surveys and joining in underwater archaeology expeditions. 

In more recent times, Kommuna took part in several notable rescue missions. Notably, it played a pivotal role in rescuing the Kursk, a Russian nuclear submarine that tragically sank in the Barents Sea in 2000. Its work in this rescue operation, considered one of the most demanding and intricate in naval history, was truly historic.

Watch the exactly Neptune missile shot that sank the Moskva ship
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2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine

On February 21, 2022, Russia stated that its border facility was attacked by Ukrainian forces, resulting in the deaths of five Ukrainian fighters. However, Ukraine quickly dismissed these allegations, labeling them as ‘false flags’.

In a notable move on the same day, Russia announced it officially recognized the self-proclaimed areas of DPR and LPR. Interestingly, according to Russian President Putin, this recognition covered all the Ukrainian regions. Following this declaration, Putin sent a battalion of Russia’s military forces, tanks included, into these areas.

Watch the exactly Neptune missile shot that sank the Moskva ship
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Fast forward to February 24, 2022, global headlines were dominated by a significant incident. Putin commanded a forceful military assault on Ukraine. Led by Russia’s impressive Armed Forces positioned at the Ukrainian border, this assault wasn’t spontaneous but a premeditated action. Despite the circumstances resembling a war, the Russian government refrains from using this term. They’d rather refer to it as a “special military operation”.

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