May 31, 2021 (Google Translation) – The Northern Fleet’s search and rescue forces are completing preparations for the annual joint Russian-Norwegian Barents exercise in early June in the Barents Sea.
The main objectives of the exercise are to work out joint actions in the search and rescue of people in distress at sea, to prevent oil products from polluting the sea area in the context of intensive industrial development of the Arctic.
From the Northern Fleet on the exercise will be involved rescue and tugboat “Nikolai Chiker”, anti-submarine aircraft Il-38, capable of also performing search and rescue tasks, and a ka-27 PS helicopter.
Sailors of the Northern Fleet are also ready to solve the problems of environmental accident due to oil bottling in the sea area. For this purpose, the Northern Fleet’s search and rescue ship is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment.
Barents is the only search and rescue force exercise conducted by Russia and Norway in the Arctic region on an annual basis. It is being held in accordance with an intergovernmental agreement between Russia and Norway on cooperation in the search for missing persons and the rescue of people in distress in the Barents Sea on 4 October 1995. The leadership of the exercises is carried out by both the Russian side and the Norwegian side.