MOSCOW, September 27. /TASS/. Seven cruise missiles were launched during a just-ended exercise of the Russian Navy in the Arctic, the chief of the Northern Fleet’s press-service, Vadim Serga, has told the media. Some of the cruise missiles were launched from ground launchers or surface ships, and others from submarines.
"The Northern Fleet has completed a number of routine combat training exercises in the Arctic. In a variety of combat firing practice episodes seven ground and sea-launched missiles were fired in the Barents, White and Laptev seas. Some missiles were launched from a submarine. The crews of the Northern Fleet’s ships that participated in the combined training exercise performed scores of artillery and air defense exercises," Serga said.
The exercise began on September 20. Parts of it were held in the Barents and White Seas, and also in the Laptev Sea near the Novosibirsk Islands archipelago. The crews performed more than 30 drills during the summer training period.
"The routine combat training activities held by the Northern Fleet simultaneously in several theaters of operations involved 35 combat and support ships, including the flagship of the Northern Fleet - the heavy nuclear-powered cruiser The Pyotr Velikiy, 15 aircraft of five types and also nuclear and diesel submarines," Sega said. Currently, the fleet’s forces are on the way to base. During the return voyage they will practice assistance to ships in distress and replenish reserves.