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    Over 100 Russian Northern Fleet Ships, Subs Take Part in Barents Sea Drills

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    Over 100 military ships, nuclear and diesel submarines, as well as auxiliary vessels of the Russian Northern Fleet took part in large-scale exercises in the Barents Sea and its southern inlet, the White Sea, the fleet's press service said Saturday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Northern Fleet deployment training was taking place during the day, by the evening most of the ships, submarines, and auxiliary vessels, as well as units of the land and coastal forces, air defense divisions returned to places of permanent deployment, according to Capt. 2nd Class Andrei Luzik, the acting head of the Northern Fleet’s press service. Commander of the fleet, Vice-Admiral Nikolai Evmenov personally observed the sea deployment exercises.

    "Land and coastal troops were raised on alarm. The personnel of the marine brigade and the separate motorized rifle brigade carried out a march to the areas of concentration of military equipment. The training involved more than 1,000 units of military vehicles," Luzik explained.

    Servicemen of the 45th Air Force and Air Defense Army of the Northern Fleet also took part in the drills with more than 30 aircraft involved, the press service acting head noted. Anti-aircraft missile regiment of Kola Peninsula has been deployed in the designated area to defend the fleet from the aerial attack of the hypothetical aggressor, Luzik added.


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