Russia’s powerful Northern Fleet has been put on high alert for a snap exercise. In fact, more than 38,000 military personnel, 3,360 pieces of equipment, 41 ships, 15 submarines, and 110 airplanes and helicopters will take part in the exercise.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has also confirmed that the Northern Fleet will have a major role within the newly-established Russian Arctic command – OSK Sever.
“The main task of the [combat readiness drill] is to assess the armed forces from the Northern Fleet’s capabilities in fulfilling tasks in providing military security of the Russian Federation in the Arctic region,” General Shoigu said.
The exercises is scheduled to start on March 16 and will be ran for five days.
The exercise could have been planned to counter Norway’s largest Arctic exercise since the 1960s. More than 5,000 troops in the Finnmark region and the exercises is being held until March 18. Norway is currently adjusting their military doctrine due to Russian aggression in the region.