The International Tchaikovsky Competition, first held over 50 years ago, is a highly prestigious award in the classical music world. It attracts well-established and less well-known musicians from all over the world. They all come hoping for glory and international recognition though only one can win.
They can hold their breath for several minutes and slow their heartrate to almost nothing. Free divers plunge to incredible depths with no scuba gear. They push themselves to the limit to break new records but despite the serious risks involved, they can’t resist the call of the deep.
It’s spring cleaning time aboard the Magnitogorsk. The submarine has to look its best for the upcoming stand-off with corvette Soobrazitelny. The captain of the latter, Aleksandr Slonov, pays a friendly visit to his old friend and soon-to-be rival, Vladimir Nagornov. To fire up their competitive spirit, the teams of both vessels decide to play a football match. The marines, however, are still on their training, this time driving their armoured vehicles into the sea.
The crew of submarine Magnitogorsk receive the results of their exams and find out who of them are the brainiest. On board the corvette Soobrazitelny, lieutenant Karakash is getting ready for an exam as well. The results may well determine how successful his career will be. Meanwhile, the marines continue their training in an armoured vehicle – today they’ll be firing from the cannon.
Magnitogorsk submarine is about to start resurfacing, but first the crew needs to conduct some safety procedures. Meanwhile, the team of corvette Soobrazitelny is joined by marine new recruits. The marines undergo an obstacle course with a psychologist who knows how to make them work as a team.
Soobrazitelny’s crew is having a final rehearsal before the parade. While docked at the civilian port, they are allowed to give guided tours on board the ship. Lieutenant Karakash is tasked with conducting them to redeem his other shortcomings at work. At the same time, a sailor aboard the Magnitogorsk submarine celebrates his birthday 40 meters below sea level. Later in the day, the crews of both vessels receive well-deserved accolades.
Getting the corvette Soobrazitelny ready for the parade is not enough – the sailors must also make sure the whole crew looks impeccable. A close examination of their uniforms is mandatory. While Aleksandr Slonov’s men tidy themselves up, submarine Magnitogorsk begins its dive, but not before Captain Nagornov follows up on some very important procedures and rituals.
Corvette Soobrazitelny has reached Kronstadt, near St. Petersburg. There, its crew begins getting ready for the parade. They face the huge task of cleaning and painting the whole ship, until it shines. In the meantime, the submarine Magnitogorsk has been placed in charge of monitoring the dive of another submarine. It’s then that its captain, Vladimir Nagornov, spots a civilian ship in the vicinity of where the submarine Vyborg is about to surface, which can be very dangerous.
The crew aboard the corvette Soobrazitelny continue to learn the theory of combat training in preparation for their exams. The ship is heading towards St. Petersburg to take part in a military parade dedicated to the 150th anniversary of the Western Approaches Command. The crew in the Magnitogorsk submarine, meanwhile, are exchanging the sub’s torpedoes, prior to diving.
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They can hold their breath for several minutes and slow their heart rate to almost nothing. Free divers plunge to incredible depths with no scuba gear. They push themselves to the limit to break new records but despite the serious risks involved, they can’t resist the call of the deep.