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Russia is conducting an air force exercise involving more than 25 fighter jets and fighter bombers of different types in the Barents Sea area.

Security service agents from Murmansk, Arkhangelsk and Nenets conduct a major joint exercise at one of the country’s main Arctic oil installations.

The Northern Fleet

The Russian Northern Fleet is this week conducting torpedo, missile and artillery rehearsals in the Barents Sea, Murman.ru reports.

Northern Fleet vessel "Marshal Ustinov"

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.

Photo: Barentsphoto.com

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 "Admiral Nakhimov" (Sevmash.ru)

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.

Photo: sevmash.ru

Sevmash naval yard announces today that construction of yet another strategic submarine has started.

The "Voronezh"

The Zvezdochka yard in Severodvinsk, Arkhangelsk Oblast, has put the nuclear sub “K-119 Voronezh” back on the water after a six-month planned repair and modernization operation.

The Admiral Gorshkov

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.

Finland’s Minister of Denfence contine to see Russia as a challenge for Finnish security.

Swedish rangers training (mil.se)

The last military conscripts have been called in for their tour of duty in the Swedish armed forces.

Photo: sevmash.ru

The federal government has approved a plan on the modernization of the Sevmash shipyard in Severodvinsk, northern Russia.

Photo: mil.ru

Russian Minister of Defence Anatoly Serdyukov wants to cut the number of military towns from 8000 to 184. That will especially affect the Russian North.

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.