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.
When Bjørne Kvernmo docked his ship, “Havsel,” at the port in Tromsø this month, he knew it would be the end of a tradition he’s kept up for 40 years. With his return, northern Norway’s long-standing seal hunt had finally come to a close.
According to a doctoral dissertation to be published by the University of Helsinki, the indigenous Sámi people of Northern Finland generally have lower cancer rates than the rest of the country’s population.