Northern Navy sailors install memorial plaque on Bennett Island in the Arctic
Northern Navy sailors have installed a memorial plaque on Bennett Island, which is part of the De Long Islands in the East Siberian Sea. The island is 156 square kilometers and is administratively part of the Bulunsky Ulus (administrative area) in Yakutia.
The military arrived on the Arctic island aboard a Ka-27 helicopter, having flown to the island’s rocky shores from the large anti-submarine ship Vice Admiral Kulakov. The military unit was led by Deputy Commander of the Northern Navy, Vice Admiral Oleg Golubev, under whose flag the long-distance Arctic voyage is taking place.
The sailors attached a granite memorial plaque to a boulder on a hill. The inscription on the plaque reads, “To Russian pioneers from the North Sea sailors of the 21st century.” The Russian Federation flag, a St. Andrew's flag and a flag representing the Russian Geographical Society were also installed next to the memorial plaque.
The North Sea sailors eventually plan to install a similar memorial plaque on Henrietta Island, also part of the De Long Islands group.