Russia is building a fleet of new frigates to replace the country’s old Udaloy-class destroyers. According to navy officials, Russia needs 20-30 frigates. The first four vessels are under different stages of completion.
The head vessel in the series (project 22350) “Admiral Gorshkov” was laid down at Severnaya shipyard in St. Petersburg in 2006 and launched in November 2010. It will start sea trials in the Barents Sea no later than the end of November, Flotprom writes. The vessel will enter service in the Northern Fleet.
The frigate next in line for completion, “Admiral Kasatonov”, was laid down in November 2009. This vessel will probably be put into service in the Pacific Fleet in 2014. The third vessel in the series, “Admiral Golovko”, was laid down in February 2012 and will be delivered to the Northern Fleet after completion.
“Admiral Gorshkov” will be able to execute long-range strike, anti-submarine and escort missions in remote areas. She has a displacement of 4,500 tons, a speed of 29 knots, a range of 4000 nm at 14 knots, and endurance of 15 days.
Russia’s only aircraft carrier, the Northern Fleet’s “Admiral Kuznetsov”, has finished repairs and is ready to leave the port of Murmansk. According to a Russian news agency, the vessel will sail to Syria.
A century and a half ago, Norway was home to roughly three thousand brown bears, the majority of bears in all of Scandinavia. By 1930, the bears were virtually extinct. Decades of aggressive management tactics and bounties had wiped out one of the area’s most iconic species.
Microplastics, the tiny plastic particles that are accumulating in marine waters and big lakes around the world, are now showing up in the Arctic waters south and southwest of Svalbard, Norway, a new study says.
REYKJAVIK: The climatic changes taking place in the Arctic are a call to action for the world. We must answer with more international cooperation and more research, says Tore Hattrem, State Secretary of Norway’s Foreign Ministry.
“Partnership should and shall shape the development of the Arctic, therefore cooperation is the starting point for our Arctic policy,” Vladimir Barbin, Senior Arctic Official and representative to the Arctic Council, said at the Arctic Circle 2015 assembly.
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.
Norway’s Foreign Minister Børge Brende has asked Russia for an explanation to the high number of asylum seekers coming to Norway via Russia. Syrian refugees that have lived in Russia for a long time, will be stopped on the border and sent back.