Russia’s Northern Fleet on High Alert

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.

Borei-class Ballistic Missile submarine
Borei-class Ballistic Missile submarine

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.

Russian Yasen-class and Borei-class submarine will have an opportunity to test out their capabilities. New Arctic vehicles will also be put to the test during this training.

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.


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Jonathan Wade, CD

Jonathan Wade is the director of the ‘The Sentinel Analytical Group’ and a decorated veteran of the Canadian Forces. Specialized in tactical, strategic, intelligence and geopolitics analysis, Jonathan has a fondness for technical details. His military experience brought him valuable insight on the realities of conflicts and war. A combat veteran of Afghanistan, Jonathan brings in in-theatre experience. Jonathan writes about Russia, Canada and Arctic.