Russia and Norway to Hold Barents Sea Drills Soon

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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.

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Posted on May 30, 2013, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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