Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation

06/02/2021 | News release | Distributed by Public on 06/02/2021 08:29

Search and rescue forces of the Northern Fleet entered the Barents Sea to participate in the international exercise Barents-2021

02.06.2021 (16:15)

Today, the search and rescue forces of the Northern Fleet headed to the designated area of the Barents Sea to participate in the joint Russian-Norwegian exercise Barents-2021.

The main objectives of the exercise are to practice joint actions in the search and rescue of people in distress at sea, to prevent oil pollution in the sea area under conditions of intensive industrial development of the Arctic.

The Northern Fleet will be represented by the rescue tug ship Nikolai Chiker, the IL-38 aircraft and the Ka-27 helicopter.

On behalf of the Russian side, the international exercise will also involve the forces and means of the Murmansk branches of the maritime rescue and coordination center Administration of Seaports of the Western Arctic, Rosmorrechflot Marine Rescue Service, State Corporation for Air Traffic Management in the Russian Federation, Northern Expeditionary Rescue Team and the border department of the Federal Security Service of Russia for the Western Arctic region.

On the Norwegian side, the exercise involves ships, vessels, aircraft of the joint rescue coordination center of Northern Norway, the Coast Administration, the Navy coast guard, the Air Force base patrol aircraft, as well as the forces and means of the AVINOR air space control centers and service.

This year, the general leadership of the exercise will be carried out by the Norwegian side. Barents is the only exercise of the search and rescue forces conducted by Russia and Norway in the Arctic region on an annual basis. The Barents International Exercise is held annually in accordance with the 1995 Barents SAR Agreement between the Russian government and the Norwegian government on cooperation in search and rescue in the Barents Sea. The exercise is led by both the Russian and the Norwegian side in turn.