Two Russian Warships Returning from Arctic Operations

September 5, 2020 (Google Translation) – The large landing ship “Alexander Otrakovsky” and the sea minesweeper “Vladimir Gumanenko” left the Arctic group of the Northern Fleet and headed west towards the Kola Bay. The ships will arrive at their permanent bases next week. The day before, they replenished the fuel supplies from the tanker “Sergei Osipov”. On the way to the base, the ships will conduct a series of exercises on the anti-aircraft defense of a detachment of ships at sea.

During the cruise, the crew of the minesweeper conducted several mine defense exercises for a detachment of warships and support vessels when passing conventionally mined areas in the Barents and Kara Seas along the Northern Sea Route. During stops on the unprotected raid of the MTSH “Vladimir Gumanenko” provided anti-submarine sabotage defense of ships and vessels of the Arctic group.

The crew of the Alexander Otrakovsky large landing craft took part in the amphibious landing on the unequipped coast of the Yenisei River near the port of Dudinka, and then loaded equipment and personnel of the Northern Fleet marines who took part in an interspecific tactical exercise to defend an important industrial facility on Taimyr.

The rest of the ships and support vessels of the Arctic group, led by the large anti-submarine ship “Severomorsk” under the leadership of the Deputy Commander of the Northern Fleet, Vice Admiral Oleg Golubev, continue their voyage along the route of the northern sea route to the east. At present, the crews of ships and vessels are preparing to sail in difficult ice conditions and cross the Vilkitsky Strait.

The ninth Arctic cruise of the Northern Fleet grouping of ships and support vessels began on August 5. Together with the servicemen, the expedition of the Russian Geographical Society on the icebreaker “Ilya Muromets”, as well as hydrographers of the Northern Fleet, who carry out scientific research and observations in the seas and on the Arctic coast along the Northern Sea Route, take part in the campaign.

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