Russia’s Top Military Research Ship Returns After Spending Months On A Secret Arctic Mission

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“Akademik Aleksandrov” arriving port in Severodvinsk by the White Sea after her first long-lasting voyage in Arctic waters. The ship belongs to the Main Directorate for Deep-Water Research (GUGI) of Russia’s Ministry of Defense. Photo: Press service of the Northern Fleet 

The Barents Observer: Military research ship returns after months on secret Arctic mission  

The ship “Akademik Aleksandrov” is closely linked with testing of Russia’s disruptive nuclear-powered underwater drone and the top-secret Harmony system of underwater sensors.  

“The crew has conducted scientific and practical research in the waters of the Arctic Ocean,” is all what the press service of the Northern Fleet has to say when posting a series of photos from the ship’s return to port at Belomorsk naval base in Severodvinsk this week. 

Greeted by high ranking officers and the navy orchestra highlight the importance of this first voyage by “Akademik Aleksandrov”. 

The ship, though, is sailing missions for the Main Directorate of Deep-Sea Research, often referred to as GUGI, a structure reporting to the Ministry of Defense. 

GUGI is one of the most secret units of the Russian Armed Forces and operates deep-diving, nuclear-powered, mini-submarines like the Losharik that caught fire last year, killing the crew of 14.  

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WNU Editor: It is this ship that has been linked to Russia’s disruptive nuclear-powered underwater drone (see picture below). 

The Poseidon drone is estimated to be between 20-25 meters long and might weigh about 100 tons. Screenshot from Vesti Pomoriye by Covert Shores