Northern Fleet plans large Arctic exercise in 2015


The Northern Fleet is planning to conduct a large exercise focusing on defense of Russia’s important economic assets in the Arctic in course of 2015, Commander Admiral Vladimir Korolyov said in a press meeting on Monday, Interfax reports.
In the exercise, the Northern Fleet’s two Arctic brigades will interoperate with units from the airborne forces and special detachments, Korolyov said, and added that he did not want to unveil any more details about the exercise yet.
The two Arctic brigades are the 200. independent rifle brigade in Pechenga and the 80. independent rifle brigade in Alakurtti.  The brigade in Pechenga became part of the Northern Fleet’s ground forces in December 2012, while the unit in Alakurtti wasestablished in January 2015 as part of Russia’s increased Arctic ambitions.


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