CBRNE & EOD Defence

Russian forces practice responses to nuclear weapons accidents

07 August 2013

Russia has been testing contingencies for dealing with the consequences of an accident involving nuclear weapons, seen as part of efforts to improve nuclear safety after a serious fire aboard a Russian nuclear submarine in 2011.

Staged at Olenegorsk, on the Kola Peninsula, home of Russia's nuclear submarine fleet, and directed by Deputy Chief of the General Staff General Alexander Postnikov, more than 2,000 personnel took part in Exercise 'Incident 2013' in early August, alongside over 140 specialist monitoring and decontamination vehicles.

The drills tested co-ordination between the defence ministry, Western Military District, Northern Fleet, and state corporation Rosatom.

The disclosed scenario simulated derailment of transport carrying 'special weapons'.

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