The Russian Navy yesterday announced that it has sent one heavy Navy vessel to the waters around Spitsbergen, and that it later this week will send another. The fleet command also makes it clear that it from now on will have periodic Navy missions to the area, claimed by Norway.
Despite the presence of Northern Fleet vessels, the Norwegian Coast Guard continues to detain Russian trawlers suspected in illegal fishing in the waters around Spitsbergen. Meanwhile, Russian fishermen call for their Navy’s intervention.
The Sevmash yard in Severodvinsk, Arkhangelsk Oblast, has started the discharging of spent nuclear fuel from the cruiser “Admiral Nakhimov”. The vessel has been moored by the yard since 1999 awaiting the operation.
The Indian navy will use the refitted Russian aircraft-carrier Admiral Gorshkov for a year-long sea-trail in the Barents Sea slated for 2011-2012. Also, what is said to be the final price-tag for the takeover of the second-hand aircraft-carrier was agreed in New Delhi on Wednesday.
FSB’s coast guard in Murmansk has received a new vessel to use in the fight against poachers. “Sprut” was supposed to become the first in a series of modern coast guard vessels, but the project is now terminated.
The Russian Ministry of Defence on Tuesday rebuffed unofficial information about the loss of 200 aircrafts and helicopters in a wild fire in Kolomna, near Moscow. The air base houses parts of the Navy’s aircrafts.