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    Military forces from ten NATO member countries and Sweden are taking part in anti-submarine warfare exercises off Norway’s coast.

    Anti-submarine warfare exercises started in Norway on May 4 with military forces from ten NATO member countries and Sweden taking part in the maneuvers.

    The exercises are expected to last until May 13 and involve more than a dozen warships and submarines, as well as planes and helicopters. Photos of the first maneuvers were released on the Facebook page of NATO Maritime Command.

    NATO Anti-Submarine and Anti-Surface Warfare exercise gets underway in Bergen, Norway

    Posted by NATO Maritime Command on Sunday, May 3, 2015

    Unidentified submarine was spotted near Finland
    © Photo : Twitter/@jphei
    The training is aimed at detecting and destroying submarines and suspicious "underwater objects". According to a statement on its website, NATO will practice anti-submarine warfare in the air, on the surface and underwater.

    The exercise started shortly after a new wave of paranoia about “Russian submarines”, which began in late April, when Finland allegedly discovered an unidentified underwater object in its territorial waters.

    In October 2014 a similar situation occurred in Sweden. In reference to the Finnish case, Swedish retired submarine forces commander Goran Frisk laid the blame on “Russians”.


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