The Northern Fleet, the most powerful of Russia’s five fleets, is unfolding a special exercise which includes key parts of fleet capacities.
The drills will be headed directly by Russian Navy Head Commander Vladimir Korolyev and will last «for several days», the Northern Fleet informs.
Included are about 50 ships, submarines and support vessels. Also aircraft, helicopters from the Air Force and Air Defense Force will be deployed, a Naval representative reported to Interfax.
The drills will be held as several of the most powerful Northern Fleet vessels return to their home port of Severomorsk after their participation in the Navy parade outside St.Petersburg. Among them are the battle cruiser Pyotr Veliky and the typhoon-class submarine Dmitry Donskoy.
It is likely that the returning vessels will take part in the exercise.
In the course of the training exercises, anti-submarine and anti-sabotage activities will be conducted along with navigational, hydrographical, anti-mine and search and rescue operations.
According to the Navy representatives, the exercise is held as a preparatory phase to the large-scale joint Russian-Belarus drills Zapad-2017 which are scheduled for the 14thto 20th September.