Century-old Russian rescue ship ‘trying to salvage missiles’ from sunken Moskva – Bild

25 April, 02:01 PM
Cruiser Moscow before going to the bottom (Photo:REUTERS/Alexey Pavlishak/File Photo)

Cruiser Moscow before going to the bottom (Photo:REUTERS/Alexey Pavlishak/File Photo)

A specialized Russian rescue ship, the Commune, is currently doing salvage operations in the Black Sea, attempting to salvage missiles from the wreck of Moskva, German newspaper Bild said on April 24.

“Russia is trying to dredge up anti-ship and AA missiles from the sunken Moskva, along with classified documents and military equipment,” Bild’s message said.

Given the size of Moskva (the ship was 187 meters long), the ancient 110-year-old Commune will probably not be able to salvage the cruiser whole.

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Commune was commissioned in 1912, and is one of the oldest serving navy vessels in the world.

On April 13, Ukraine’s Navy hit the flagship of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, missile cruiser Moskva, with two Ukrainian-made Neptune anti-ship missiles, fired from a coastal battery. Russia later confirmed the ship has sunk after its ammunition detonated.

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