Northern Fleet Trains to Defend Russia's Arctic Borders

On Tuesday, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced that the Northern Fleet is underway with a planned command and staff exercise. This involves practicing leading ships and submarine forces, air forces and coastal troops while solving combat training tasks to protect Russia's Arctic borders.

Around 20 ships and support vessels, five airplanes, and around 50 units of combat and special equipment are involved. The practical part of the training will last for several days.

The Russian exercise begins at the same time as major Norwegian and British-led allied military exercise activity in Northern Norway is coming to an end.

The Russian MFA also informs that the Northern Fleet's frigate Admiral Kasatonov is headed north after operations in the Mediterranean. The frigate will practice in the northeast Atlantic before returning to the fleet's main base in Severomorsk, Murmansk county.