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MOSCOW, August 21 (Itar-Tass) — The trilateral naval exercise Northern Eagle 2012 is beginning in the Norwegian Sea on Tuesday.
Taking part in the manoeuvres will be attended Russia’s Admiral Chabanenko large anti-submarine ship of the Northern Fleet, the Norwegian Coast Guard frigate Nordkapp and guided weapons destroyer of the US Navy – USS Farragut, spokesman for the RF Northern Fleet Captain 1st Rank Vadim Serga told Itar-Tass.
On August 18, the Russian participants in the exercise arrived at the Norwegian port of Bodo where they met with the foreign counterparts and discussed the plan of the upcoming manoeuvres.
“By prior arrangement, the naval aviation crews of the RF Northern Fleet and the Norwegian Air Force will be engaged during the Northern Eagle 2012 exercise,” the spokesman said. “Search operation with the participation of the Marines will be conducted and a firing exercise from artillery systems and small arms will be held,” Serga added.
The Northern Eagle 2012 exercise will end on August 25 by the participating ships’ calling at the main base of the RF Northern Fleet - Severomorsk.
These manoeuvres are conducted in the Arctic region for the fourth time. Traditionally, their goal is to develop cooperation with the foreign states’ navies in combating terrorism, piracy, and in rescue operations.