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WATCH: Warships from Russia’s Northern Fleet hold tactical exercises simulating battle on remote arctic New Siberian Islands

Conducted last week, the exercise focused on the Laptev Sea, which is part of the Arctic Ocean. One of the islands in the area, called Kotelny, is the home to the 99th Tactical Group, which has built a runway, pier and accommodations for personnel. Its airbase is known as ‘Northern Clover.’

Credit: Russia’s Ministry of Defense

Kotelny is part of the New Siberian Islands archipelago.

The exercise, led by the deputy commander of the Northern Fleet, Vice-Admiral Oleg Golubev, saw Marines practice landing on the island’s Arctic coastline. The troops fired machine guns, mortars and grenade launchers targeting a simulated enemy, while a Pantsir missile system successfully fired at coastal and airborne targets.

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The exercise also involved the Russian destroyer Severomorsk.According to the Ministry of Defense, the Bastion coastal missile system on Kotelny Island also took part, but practiced using computer modelling, without the use of actual weapons.

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The latest event is part of the Northern Fleet’s tenth Arctic campaign, a series of exercises in the Russian far north. Last week, some of the same vessels simulated defending the Northern Sea Route, a shipping passage connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

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