Russian Northern Fleet Nuclear Subs Fire Cruise Missiles in Barents Sea

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The Chelyabinsk nuclear-powered submarine - Sputnik International
Earlier this week, Russia's Northern Fleet's exercises involving warships and submarines commenced in the country's northwest.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russian nuclear submarines from the Northern Fleet on Thursday fired cruise missiles as part of drills in the Barents Sea, the Russian Defense Ministry’s Northern Fleet press service head said Thursday.

"During military exercises today from various forces from the Northern Fleet, Antei-class nuclear submarines fired cruise missiles from a submersed position at targets in the Barents Sea," Capt. 1st Rank Vadim Serga told journalists.

He added that the warships participating in the drills had also carried out successful strikes, with all the missiles fired making contact with their surface targets.

"The crew of the Admiral Ushakov destroyer fired a Moskit anti-ship cruise missile at the set target at a military training ground in the Barents Sea at a distance of about 100 kilometers [62 miles]," Serga said, adding that the Rassvet small-size missile ship had successfully fired a Malachite cruise missile at a close range target.

Vice-Admiral Kulakov, an Udaloy-class destroyer - Sputnik International
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The exercise involves nuclear- and diesel-powered submarines, coastal missile and artillery units, naval aviation forces of the Northern Fleet, and logistic assistance, according to the spokesman.

Fourteen warships, four submarines and 10 support vessels will participate in the drill while naval aviation of the Northern Fleet carries out 20 missions using four different types of aircraft.

The drills will last until the end of the week.

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