The destroyer heads a vessel group consisting of the salvage tug “Altay” and the tanker “Dubna”.
The mission, which is planned to take several months, will also include official visits and business call to foreign ports. Ahead of the departure from Severomorsk the vessel and its crew has been training in the Barents Sea. “Severomorsk” also participated in anti-piracy operations off the Somali coast in 2011, as BarentsObserver reported.
The Northern Fleet’s “Admiral Chabanenko” and “Admiral Levchenko” have earlier conducted this type of mission. According to the Northern Fleet’s press service, vessels from the Northern Fleet have escorted more than 40 international convoys and prevented the cargo vessel “Ocean Diamond” and “United Emblem” from being captured by pirates in the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean.
The Russian Navy has maintained a presence off the Somali coast since October 2008, with warships operating on a rotation basis. Earlier in 2012 the Northern Fleet’s destroyer “Vice Admiral Kulakov” conducted a 159 days long mission to the area.
Regular military relations between Norway and Russia have been halted for more than a year, but the two countries’ Coast Guard Services continue cooperate on protection of borders and resources in the Barents Sea.
August 9th, the Barents Region celebrated the UN International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. The day was commemorated in several parts of the region, including Karasjok in Northern Norway and Teriberka in Northwestern Russia.
Sports in the Barents region have joined forces and established Barents Games. This weekend athletes from all over the region met in Oulu to compete in 14 differents sports during the Barents Summer Games. See our slide show from the competitions.