Russia’s Northern Fleet has begun large-scale drills in which it will exercise its complete range of maritime, shore, and undersea capabilities throughout its area of responsibility, the Russian Ministry of Defence announced on 13 June.
The drills – the fleet’s largest Arctic naval exercise in 10 years – will test rapid responses to large-scale enemy air attacks, the engagement of major hostile naval groupings, and repelling amphibious landings and anti-submarine and anti-mine operations.
The exercise, which concludes on 22 June, will involve 36 warships, submarines, and support vessels; some 20 aircraft; more than 150 heavy weapons; coastal missile and artillery units; ground forces; marine infantry; and air defence units.
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