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Russia's Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu visits remote Arctic garrisons of the Northern Fleet. Image by Russian Defence Ministry

Russia's Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu visits remote Arctic garrisons of the Northern Fleet on the Novaya Zemlya archipelago, Russia, in this picture released August 12, 2023. Russian Defence Ministry/Handout via REUTERS

Russian Warships Sent To Arctic

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August 12, 2023
Reuters

Aug 12 (Reuters) – Russia’s Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu inspected remote Arctic garrisons of the Northern Fleet, the ministry said on Saturday, as a detachment of warships was sent to the Arctic Ocean to perform tasks. 

Shoigu inspected the military infrastructure as well as “readiness for actions to protect and defend critical facilities”, the ministry said on the Telegram messaging app. 

A detachment of warships, including the destroyer Vice-Admiral Kulakov, the landing ship Alexander Otrakovsky and the rescue tug Altai went to the Arctic, the ministry said.

It was not clear when Shoigu visited the fleet. It started military training on Friday aimed at working out actions to protect Russia’s sovereignty in the waters of the Northern Sea Route, the fleet said.

As part of combat training, MiG-31 fighter-interceptors performed air defense, air reconnaissance and cover for troops and forces operating in the Arctic zone, the ministry said. 

(Reporting by Lidia Kelly in Warsaw; Editing by William Mallard)

(c) Copyright Thomson Reuters 2023.

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