Friday, 22 November 2019

Seen at Kronstadt: The Project 865 Sibirykov-class survey vessel Romuald Muklevich

The Russian Navy operates a number of survey vessels, including the Project 865 Sibirykov-class survey vessel Romuald Mukelvich.

She is named after Romuald Adamovich Muklevich (Russian: Ромуальд Адамович Муклевич, 25th November 1890 to 9th February 1938) who was Commander-in-Chief of the Soviet Naval Forces from August 1926 to July 1931.

Romuald Mukelvich was built in Gdansk, Poland, in 1990, and commissioned in 1991. Her characteristics are:
  • Displacement: 3,450 tons
  • Dimensions:
    • Length: 85.6m
    • Beam: 15.2m
    • Draught: 5m
  • Propulsion: 1 x 4800 hp Zgoda-Sulzer 12АSB-25D diesel engine driving a fixed pitch propeller; 1 bow thruster; 1 stern thruster; 2 x 800 kW diesel generators; 1 x 380 kW diesel-generator
  • Speed: 15 knots
  • Range: 11,000 nautical miles at 12 knots
  • Complement: 58 crew + 12 specialists
Her sister ship is named Sibirykov in honour of Aleksandr Mikhaylovich Sibiryakov, an Imperial Russian owner of gold mines and factories, as well as an explorer of Siberia.


  1. I'm not a naval type (and certainly not a modern naval fellow). What does a survey vessel do?

    1. Ed M,

      Their main job is to collect data that can be used to create accurate charts of the world’s oceans. This is of particular use to countries with large fleets, especially those that operate submarines.

      All the best,


  2. Mr Cordery,
    Have you considered using Instagram? It would make posting pictures of battles, WsIP and such much easier to search and follow.

    1. Mr. Pavone,

      I have considered it, but prefer to stick with Blogger for the time being.

      All the best,



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