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Russia's Northern Fleet Successfully Wraps Up Large-Scale Arctic Drills

Sputnik News

17:19 21.09.2015(updated 17:58 21.09.2015)

The large-scale week-long Arctic drills have come to an end with some 50 warships, submarines and other vessels, as well as over 10 aircraft successfully completing all objectives.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russia's Northern Fleet wrapped up large-scale exercises in the Arctic after successfully launching 12 sea- and ground-launched cruise missiles, the head of the fleet press service said Monday.

'The Northern Fleet's united strategic command forces were tasked with defending the Arctic shore and Russia's island range, simulating various scenarios of existing and potential threats,' Capt. 1st Rank Vadim Serga quoted the fleet's commander, Adm. Vladimir Korolev, as saying.

Serga listed the drills' main objectives, including repelling airstrikes with the use of defense missile systems, carrying out counter-amphibious assault operations by Arctic units in cooperation with sea-based forces, as well as contact firing of sea- and land-based cruise missiles.

The week-long Arctic drills encompassed dozens of tactical exercises, including cruise missile launches conducted by the crew of two Project 949A Antey (NATO reporting name Oscar-II) nuclear-powered attack submarines.

Some 50 warships, submarines and other vessels, as well as over 10 aircraft, took part in the military exercises on the Barents and Laptev seas.


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