MOSCOW, September 14. /TASS/. Russia’s Northern Fleet launched an exercise on Monday to involve aircraft, four nuclear and diesel submarines, as well as 14 warships, the Fleet’s press office reported.
"We plan to involve 14 warships, four nuclear and diesel submarines, about ten support vessels in various stages of the exercise. The Northern Fleet naval aviation plans to conduct about 20 sorties, using four various types of aircraft during the exercise’s stages," the press office said.
These maneuvers are the first large-scale command post exercise being conducted by the Northern Fleet unified strategic command with the maximum engagement of forces based on the Kola Peninsula in northwest Russia.
The maneuvers will also involve coastal missile-artillery units and logistical forces.
"During the exercise, we plan to estimate staff officers’ practical skills in troops’ control, practice compliance with certain service requirements and hold live-firing exercises for all-arms forces," the press office said.
A preparatory stage of the exercise has started for the Northern Fleet units to practice switching to high alert and also prepare staffs and forces for accomplishing assignments.
The exercise in the Barents Sea is expected to last until the end of the week.