The submarine “Dmitry Donskoy” is based in Severodvinsk and has since 2005 been used as a test-platform for the Russian navy’s new intercontinental Bulava missile. Since this year, the Bulava missiles have been test-launched from the Borey-class submarine “Yury Dologruky.”
- The tests on board the “Dmitry Donskoy” are over. We considered an opportunity to decommission the sub. However, we later agreed with the Defense Ministry that the submarine would be stationed at the Belemorskaya (White Sea) naval base for assisting in the tests of the submarines that are currently being built, says Andrei Dyachkov, general director of Sevmash naval yard quoted by Pravda on Friday.
- This includes the tests for the hydroacoustic station and military equipment. We need a second submarine for such tests. Previously, we had a submarine of the northern fleet arriving here for such purposes, but the sub would be withdrawn from its duty for that, says Dyachkov.
The Soviet Union originally had six Typhoon-class submarines in operation from the Nerpitcha naval base in Zapadnaya Litsa on the Kola Peninsula. Today, three of them are decommissioned, two are laid-up (“Arkhangelsk” and “Severstal”) and the last is “Dmitry Donskoy.”
“Dmitri Donskoy” will mark its 30-years anniversary of service in February next year and is the oldest nuclear powered submarine in Russian Arctic waters. The submarine is the largest in the world; 175 meters long and a displacement of some 24.000 tons surfaced. The submarine has two nuclear reactors as propulsion.
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.