site.btaEducation Minister Penov: Bulgaria Can Achieve Good Scientific Results Only Through Solidarity
"We can achieve such good scientific results only through solidarity in science," said Education Minister Sasho Penov at the welcoming ceremony of the Bulgarian naval research vessel Sv. Sv. Kiril i Metodii (RSV 421), which docked in Varna on Tuesday after successfully completing its mission in Antarctica, the press centre of his Ministry reported.
The expedition was funded by the National Polar Research Programme at the expense of the funds for science in the national budget and was carried out through the budget of the Ministry of Education and Science.
"Bulgaria has long been supported in its scientific polar research. Thanks to the efforts of generations of scientists who have kept our polar mission going, now through you and the acquisition of the Sv. Sv. Kiril i Metodii, we have become a supportive state", Penov addressed the expedition participants. "You have contributed to the development of international cooperation and collaboration in harsh polar conditions. Thus, people who used to help us gratuitously - from the Spanish and Chilean bases, are now receiving help from us," the Education Minister added.
He pointed out that the ship is a part not only of the Bulgarian but also of the European research infrastructure. "With your knowledge, with the help of scientific researchers, with the experience you have gained, from now on you can be useful not only for Bulgarian science, but also for the accumulation of knowledge on a European and global scale," Penov stated.
President Rumen Radev, caretaker Defence Minister Dimitar Stoyanov and the Chief of Defence, Admiral Emil Eftimov also took part in the official welcoming ceremony. Nikola Vaptsarov Naval Academy (NVNA) Rector, Flotilla Admiral Prof. Boyan Mednikarov, Commander of the Bulgarian Navy, Rear Admiral Kiril Mihaylov, Regional Governor Mario Smurkov, representatives of the local and state authorities, and many citizens were also on the pier.
After a 127-day voyage to the Bulgarian base on Livingston Island and back, the first Bulgarian naval research vessel RSV 421 returned home. The ship is owned by a consortium consisting of the Naval Academy, the St Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia and the Bulgarian Antarctic Institute. RSV 421 was ceremoniously christened and commissioned into the Bulgarian Navy inventory on July 27, 2021.
BTA's Daily News editor Konstantin Karagyozov was the only member of the media who travelled on board the ship to Livingston Island and back and covered the Bulgarian expedition on site throughout its stay in Antarctica. The information available in Bulgaria-Antarctica BTA's Log can be accessed for free.