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Russian Destroyer Enters Norwegian Sea for Drills With Ka-27 Helicopters

© Sputnik / Mikhail Fomichev / Go to the photo bankSeveromorsk destroyer
Severomorsk destroyer - Sputnik International
A group of Russian ships will practice anti-aircraft and anti-ship defense and rescue operations with helicopters.

Delta IV class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine - Sputnik International
Russian Northern Fleet’s Nuclear Forces Hold Snap Drills
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – A Russian warship grouping from the Northern Fleet, with the Severomorsk destroyer as its flagship, has entered the Norwegian Sea to begin naval drills to include flight deck exercises, the Russian Defense Ministry said Friday.

“The crew of the destroyer will continue ship training and drills for providing anti-aircraft and anti-ship defense with a number of vessels in the Norwegian Sea, as well as hold rescue operations from flight decks using Ka-27 [Helix] helicopters,” the Defense Ministry said in a statement.

While passing through the North Sea sailors conducted a series of naval exercises for air defense and carried out military exercises for the destruction of floating mines.

Cadets in the unique Russian Arctic infantry Marshal Rokossovsky Far East Higher Command School (DVVKU) during training exercises on a range in the Amur Region - Sputnik International
Snap Combat Readiness Drills Launched in Arctic Unit in Eastern Russia
On Thursday, snap combat readiness drills were held with an Arctic unit in Russia's Eastern Military District.

In March, some 76,000 servicemen, 65 warships, 15 submarines, 16 auxiliary ships, and over 10,000 combat and support vehicles took part in Northern Fleet exercises, intended to test Russia's defense capability in the Arctic.

According to the Russian Defense Ministry, in 2015 Russia will hold at least 4,000 military drills.

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