Commander in Chief of the Russian Navy, Admiral Vladimir Vysotskii, says Russia intends to build five or six new aircraft carriers. The vessels will help Russia become the second most powerful naval power in the world, the commander says.
Russia’s increased military training activity and the announced restructuring of the Armed Forces can be seen as part of a necessary and overdue modernization and as a sound sign of the country’s bid to create forces which actually can defend the nation’s interests.
President Medvedev yesterday postponed the adoption of the new Russian National Security Strategy with one month. That might indicate that the strategy position on the USA and western partners gets more conciliatory.
The Norwegian Police Security Service (PST) considers the Snøhvit gas field on the Barents Sea coast the biggest terrorist target in Norway. This week, military forces held a counter-terrorism operation at field installations.
Norwegian Coast Guard is redispositioning its vessels to cover a larger area along the coast of Norway. The reason is the no-fly ban imposed on rescue helicopters caused by the volcano ash from Iceland.
The old rebuilt vessel “Serebryanka” has shipped the first load of spent nuclear fuel from the run-down storage facility in the Andreeva bay near the border to Norway to Atomflot in Murmansk. Norwegian authorities was not informed about the shipment before after the vessel arrived in Murmansk.