New islands in the Arctic may be named after naval hydrographers
© RIA Novosti. Ilya Timin

New islands in the Arctic may be named after naval hydrographers

Islands in the Arctic that have been discovered by the Northern Fleet Hydrographic Service in recent years may be named after naval hydrographers, TASS quoted naval Capt. Igor Naumov, head of the Northern Fleet Hydrographic Service, as saying.  

"To mark the anniversary of the creation of the service, the Department of Navigation and Oceanography at the Ministry of Defense led work to prepare documents asking that islands earlier discovered in the Arctic be given the names of famous naval hydrographers and then send them for coordination to Rosreyestr [the Federal Service for State Registration, Cadastre and Cartography]," Capt. Naumov said.

The names that may be given to the new islands include Admiral Anatoly Komaritsyn; Ivan Sorokin, N. Kolomiichuk and A. Chernyshyov, teachers with the Hydrography Department at the Frunze Higher Naval School; and Afanasenkov, Bukhmeier, Bulanov, Kuznetsov, Mamontov, Moroz and Osokin, members of the Northern hydrographic expedition. Currently, the proposals are being coordinated by the Arkhangelsk Region Legislative Assembly, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, the Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Defense. 

According to TASS, in 2015-2017, Northern Fleet hydrographers discovered over 10 islands in the Russian Arctic: nine islands in 2015, two in 2016 and one in 2017. The largest among them is about 400 meters long. All of them were put on the map. The hydrographers have also discovered new capes and channels.