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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

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

Project 949A Antey (Oscar-II) class SSNRussia’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.

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