Captain 1st rank Vladimir Vorobyov, Chief of training in Russia’s Northern Fleet and Captain 1st rank Lars Saunes, Chief of naval operations at Norwegian Joint Headquarters, yesterday signed an agreement on the exercise aboard the destroyer “Admiral Levchenko”, GTRK Murman reports.
This year’s exercise will take place on four locations – one in Russia and three in Norwegian waters. The drills will focus on anti-terror and anti-piracy operations, interception of fast-speed boats illegally crossing the state borders, search and rescue operations. The exercise will also include joint maneuvering, live artillery firing, anti-aircraft defense and detection of submarines.
Norwegian coastal rangers and Russian naval infantry are also planned to take part in POMOR-2012.
The operational part of the exercise will take place in the period May 11-16, with Norwegian crew members taking part in the Victory Day celebrations in Severomorsk ahead of the exercise, and Russians taking part in the May 17th celebrations of the Norwegian Constitution Day in Bodø afterwards.
Russia will participate in the drills with the destroyer “Admiral Chabanenko”, one rescue tug boat, Il-38 planes and Su-33 fighter planes. The Norwegian side brings the frigate “Fridtjof Nansen” and one coast guard vessel, as well as F-16 jet fighters and Orion surveillance planes.
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.