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.
MURMANSK: Ecological groups gathered on Kola Peninsula fear that Barents nature will be the looser after Oslo decided to call off the environmental minister’s Moscow meeting in response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea.
TROMSØ: Since the first five specimens of snow crab were found in the Barents Sea in 1996, the population has exploded. There is now ten times as much snow crab than king crab in the area, and scientists are just starting to find out how this new species has adopted to life in the Barents Sea.
The nuclear-powered icebreaker Yamal today leaves port of Murmansk for a two-month expedition to the Russian Arctic. The aim for the expedition is to study ice and weather conditions in the area to prepare for future oil and gas projects.
The National Archives Service of Finland and the Sámi Archives have proposed including the Skolt Sámi archives in the UNESCO Memory of the World Register. Only 301 items have been listed in the register so far.
The current situation in Ukraine makes cross-border cooperation with the neighboring countries even more important, Barents Secretariat leader Rune Rafaelsen says. At the same time, Norway has joined NATO’s condemnation of Russia’s military escalation on the Crimea peninsula.
Board member Amund Trellevik in the press network fears entry-denial of Kremlin’s controversial propaganda-journalist Dmitry Kiselyov could be retaliated by refusing Norwegian journalists access to Russia.