Cruiser “Aurora” left the historical park for scheduled maintenance, which will last until 2016. Ministry of Defence, which the ship returned last year on the personal order of Chapter Minister Sergei Shoigu, has decided to renew “Aurora”, which will give her the opportunity to stand on the waterfront of St. Petersburg Petrograd another 30-40 years. However, the option was considered and extensive work that would return the ship to move.
Yesterday morning the cruiser “Aurora” appeared from the parking lot at the Petrograd embankment. Operation to ensure the movement of the ship 11 tugs, boats and auxiliary vessels of the Leningrad naval base, as well as more than 150 military and civilian specialists. The team lined up in life jackets on the deck, and on both banks of the Neva River in St. Petersburg towing watched by thousands of tourists. Four hours caravan successfully overcame 40 km, and “Aurora” stood in the dry dock Kronstadt Naval plant. For the passage of the cruiser had to dissolve the three bridges: the Trinity, the Palace and the Annunciation, which led to traffic jams in the city center.
The plant will be carried out a thorough examination of the ship’s hull and the priorities made repairs to his underwater. It should take 45 days. “In the first two stages of the recovery ship Department of Defense has allocated 120 million rubles. Thereafter, will decide on the timing of further repairs. Assumed that the overhaul will take at least two years”, – the press-service of the Government of St. Petersburg.
In Smolny “b” was told that considered several scenarios repair “Aurora.” The first implies a greater investment in the restoration and repair, which would allow the ship to return to the course. The second option (which eventually stopped the Ministry of Defense) involves the restoration work that will stand the cruiser in Petrograd embankment another 30-40 years. However, according to the source “b” in the process of government can come back and to the possibility of more serious repairs “Aurora.”
Cruiser “Aurora”, the guns of which in 1917 was fired, was the signal for the beginning of the storming of the Winter Palace, was last renovated in the 1980s. In the past, the ship said the 110 anniversary of the commissioning. Artillery cruiser “Aurora” was part of the Battle of the Navy of Russia and the USSR in the period from 1903 to 1948. The ship participated in the battles of the Russian-Japanese, World War I and the Great Patriotic War. Since 1948, the ship is on the “eternal parking” in Petrograd embankment in St. Petersburg. In 1957, the cruiser “Aurora” given the status of “ship-museum”. Currently, the cruiser “Aurora” is registered in the Ministry of Culture as an object of cultural heritage of federal importance.
In 2010, the “Aurora” was removed from the balance of the Russian Defense Ministry, military disbanded the crew and the ship passed under the control of the Central Naval Museum. However, in June 2012, the St. Petersburg Legislative Assembly appealed to President Vladimir Putin to return to the ship in the Navy to ensure its safety and security. A year later, July 1, 2013, the revolutionary cruiser returned to the Navy on the personal orders of Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.