Russia to use new surveillance boat to monitor radiation on the Kamchatka Peninsula

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A satellite photo of one of the many military shipyards littered across the Krasheninnikova Bay on the Kamchatka Peninsula

Located on the farthest eastern frontier of Russia, Kamchatka is immensely important to the Russian military.  After the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in March 2011, the Russian government announced that all seafood produced on Kamchatka peninsula would be checked for radiation, and also monitored migratory birds for radioactive contamination.

This week, Captain Roman Martov, a Pacific Fleet spokesman, announced that a new surveillance boat “COFI-1824″, will monitor radiation on the Kamchatka Peninsula.

“The boat’s unique capabilities in the field of radiation and chemical surveillance, as well as in radiation and environmental monitoring and the radiation protection of hazardous facilities’ personnel, have been highly praised by the commanding officers of the Kamchatka Group of Armed Forces,” he said July 13.

The Kamchatka Peninsula has long been of great military importance to the Russians, and has been used as a location for nuclear submarine operations since the mid 1960s.  In December 2000, a report published in Russia noted there were reportedly 17 decommissioned submarines in Krasheninnikova Bay, only 3 of which had been defueled.

Source: The Moscow Times

Source: The Voice of Russia

Source: Baku Today

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