The carrier leads a vessel group that includes the destroyer “Admiral Levchenko” and the large amphibious assault ship “Olenegorsky Gornyak”.
The aim of the mission is to maintain Russian naval presence in important parts of the world’s oceans. The vessels will be conducting several drills and exercises, also in cooperation with vessels from other Russian fleets, the Ministry of Defense’s web site reads.
The vessel group from the Northern Fleet also includes the salvage tug “Nikolay Chiker” and the tankers “Sergey Osipov” and “Kama”.
“Admiral Kuznetsov” has been on similar campaigns to the Mediterranean, last time was in November 2011-February 2012. The vessel then made port calls in Lebanon and Syria.
The Barents Region has some of the last largest areas of intact natural woodlands in Europe. Scientists, bureaucrats and environmentalists from all four Barents countries cooperate on preserving the forest, but an international initiative is needed.
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.