EPRON is a Russian language abbreviation for "Экспедиция подводных работ особого назначения", or "Special-Purpose Underwater Rescue Party". It was created in 1923 in the Soviet Union for salvaging of sunken ships and existed until 1941.
EPRON raised 74 sunken ships with total deadweight about 25.000 GRT and rescued 36 more ships.
From 1941 EPRON was transferred to Soviet Navy and in 1942 was renamed to "Аварийно-спасательная служба ВМФ" - Rescue Service of Navy.
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