The huge ship that can float in the ice, designed for research on the Russian continental shelf in the Arctic seas.
Previously, the majority of offshore operations conducted by foreign companies. But now Russia will explore the Arctic with little or no outside help.
Name assigned to the vessel Vyacheslav Tikhonov suggested the ship’s godmother geographical faculty of Moscow State University Professor Antonin Stupakova.
— I hope that the research carried out on this ship will bring a gift to Russian discoveries, — she said. — And not only in the Black Sea, but in the harsh conditions of the Arctic.
Vladimir Putin, who gave the order to raise the Russian flag on the ship, said the vessel is the best in the world in its class.
— Tikhonov was a leader not only in film, but in the whole culture — the Prime Minister said, expressing hope that the vessel will become a leader in the industry.
— I am confident that the team will be worthy of the name and Vyacheslav Tikhonov, — he added.
Putin also said that now ships of this class will be collected at Russian shipyards.
— 7 feet under the keel! — Prime Minister wished good luck to the sailors.