Russian Nuclear Submarines Surfaced First Time in Limited Radius [Video]

Since March 20, 2021, in the area of ​​the Franz Josef Land archipelago, Alexandra Land Island, and the adjacent water area covered with continuous ice, under the leadership of the Main Command of the Navy, an integrated Arctic expedition “Umka-2021” is being conducted with the participation of the Russian Geographical Society, the press service of the Russian Ministry of Defence reports.  

Picture: Russian Ministry of Defence Official Website

It is noted that for the first time, according to a single concept and plan, a complex of combat training, scientific research and practical measures of various directions is being carried out in the circumpolar regions. The Commander-in-Chief of the Navy, Admiral Nikolai Yevmenov, specified that the expedition involved more than 600 military and civilian personnel and about 200 models of weapons, military and special equipment. All planned events take place in harsh climatic conditions (the average temperature is 25-30 degrees Celsius below zero, the thickness of the ice cover is up to 1.5 metres, the wind in gusts reaches 32 metres per second).

So, as part of the Arctic expedition, for the first time in the history of the Russian Navy, three nuclear submarines surfaced from under the ice in a limited area with a radius of 300 metres, a flight to the polar region with air refuelling of a pair of MiG-31 fighters with the passage of the geographical point of the North Pole took place, practical torpedo firing by a nuclear submarine from under the ice was organized, followed by equipment of a hole at the torpedo’s ascent point and its ascent to the surface, and, finally, a tactical exercise with a subdivision of an Arctic motorized rifle brigade in adverse weather conditions was held.

Ru-Main, 29.03.2021 



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