Russia and Norway to Hold Barents Sea Drills Soon
Russian and Norwegian naval forces will conduct a joint exercise in the Barents Sea on June 4-7, Northern Fleet spokesman Vadim Serga said. The Barents exercise is conducted every year in accordance with a 1995 Russian-Norwegian intergovernmental agreement. This year’s exercise, which has a rotating command system, will be under Russian control.
Russia’s Northern Fleet will contribute the tugboat SB-523, an Ilyushin Il-38 maritime patrol aircraft and an Mi-8 Hip helicopter to the Barents-2013 exercise.
The two nations’ search and rescue services will test their interoperability in evacuation of crews and aircraft in distress at sea, and cleanup of oil spills.