Russian lone traveler Fyodor Konyukhov, on his expedition to study microplastics in the Arctic, took a lifebuoy from the large anti-submarine ship (BOD) of the Northern Fleet "Admiral Kharlamov" to the North Pole as a mascot, the press service of the fleet said on Monday.
"Fyodor Konyukhov, on his sixth expedition to the North Pole, took a lifebuoy in the form of a talisman from the large anti-submarine ship of the Northern Fleet "Admiral Kharlamov". The circle was one of the exhibits of the exhibition entitled "PQ - QP". The secret mission of "Admiral Kharlamov", dedicated to the 80th anniversary of the beginning of supplies of military equipment to the USSR under the Lend-Lease program during the Second World War" the fleet said.
The ministry added that the exhibition was opened on the day of the expedition's departure, July 11, on the atomic icebreaker "50 Let Pobedy" of the state corporation "Rosatom". It also showed an admiral's tunic, a cap, a set of command compasses, one of the two preserved business cards of Admiral Nikolai Kharlamov, rare archival materials that had not been presented anywhere before and were kept in the personal collection of the descendants of the Soviet naval commander, and, until recently, were classified as "top secret" photos and video archives.
Fyodor Konyukhov went to the North Pole on July 11 from Murmansk aboard the atomic icebreaker "50 Let Pobedy". In one of the most inaccessible places in the world, the traveler set up a mini-polar station on an ice floe, where for 10 days while drifting in the Arctic Ocean, he will study the intensity of ice melting, the routes of their drift, and also analyze the water in the ocean for the presence of microplastics. Konyukhov dedicated his solo expedition to Admiral Nikolai Kharlamov and the 80th anniversary of the creation of Arctic convoys during the Second World War, as well as the "Clean Arctic" environmental project, the idea of which is aimed at creating a unified program to clean up the Arctic territories.
Arctic convoys delivered cargo to the USSR under Lend-Lease during World War II. They went from the ports of England and Scotland through the Atlantic basin and the seas of the Arctic Oceans to Arkhangelsk and Murmansk. According to estimates, Arctic convoys delivered about half of all Lend-Lease cargo to the USSR.