The Northern Fleet base of Gadzhievo, home base to most of Russia’s large nuclear submarines, will have all infrastructure in place for new submarines by the end of the year, RIA Novosti reports. The base is expected to receive two of Russia’s newest subs – the Borey class “Yury Dolgoruky” and the Yasen class “Severodvinsk”. “Yury Dolgoruky” is planned to be taken into service in 2012, “Severodvinsk” in 2013.
“Yury Dolgoruky” is the first strategic submarine to be built in Russia since 1992.
Constructor of the submarines, Sevmash Shipyard has concluded all tests of “Yury Dolgoruky” and is ready to sign the acceptance delivery statement, the shipyard’s web site reads.
“Yury Dolgoruky” was originally planned to be based in the Pacific Fleet, but the plans were altered, probably to restore Russia’s nuclear capacity in the north after the nuclear submarine “Yekaterinburg” was seriously damaged in a fire in December 2011.
The next sub in the Borey series, the “Aleksandr Nevsky”, is currently undergoing sea trials in the White Sea, ITAR-TASS reports.
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.