The Russian Northern Fleet's logistics support ship "Elbrus". Photo: Thomas Nilsen

Russian navy group, nuclear sub, sail north along coast of Norway

The 155-meter-long Oscar-II class submarine "Smolensk" sails through Kattegat and Skagerrak tonight en route north towards the Kola Peninsula.
August 03, 2019


The large nuclear powered submarine sails in surface position and was Sunday morning west of Hirtshals in Denmark and southeast of Kristiandsand on the south tip of Norway. The voyage can be followed on MarineTraffic by tracking the submarine’s support ship, the navy logistics vessel “Elbrus” and navy tug “Nikolay Chicker”.


Oscar-II class submarine. Archive photo: Royal Norwegian Navy

The press service of the Northern Fleet informs that the vessels sail in safe distance from each other, observing the navigation regime in the busy waters in Demark. 

Smolensk” and nearly 20 other ships from the Northern Fleet have been in St. Petersburg participating in the annual Navy Parade last Sunday.

This is the second year in a row the Northern Fleet sails an Oscar-II class submarine to the Navy Parade. Last year, the Orel” sailed the route. In 2017, the even larger Typhoon submarine Dmitry Donskoy” sailed from the White Sea to the Baltic Sea in a similar voyage. 

Several other Northern Fleet combat surface ships, like the missile cruiser “Marshal Ustinov” and the frigate “Admiral Gorshkov”, are participating in the Ocean Shield 2019 navy drill currently going on in Baltic Sea.  

After the drill, also these ships will sail north towards the Northern Fleet’s headquarters in Severomorsk north of Murmansk, the navy informs




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