Russian Delta-IV submarine in the Barents Sea. Photo: Thomas Nilsen

Northern Fleet nuke subs return home for New Year’s celebration

December 29, 2019

The last two months of 2019 has been one of the most comprehensive submarine sailing periods since the early 1990s. In late October eight of the Northern Fleet’s nuclear-powered submarines sailed out from their bases on the Kola Peninsula.

Now, they are returning home, one by one. The two Sierra-class subs that were in the waters south and southeast of Svalbard came home weeks ago, while two Delta-IV class subs carrying ballistic missiles, returned back to port this week, the press service of the Northern Fleet informs.

The two subs, “Tula” and “Karelia” have trained on various manoeuvres, including emergency diving, preparing for torpedo impacts and sailing in surface position.

One of the Delta-class subs has also trained interaction with the newest frigate, the “Admiral Kasatonov”.

As previously reported by the Barents Observer, the frigate is currently on test trials, practicing electronic warfare with other navy ships, coastal installations and aircraft. In the periods the testing took place, radio- and radar disturbances were registered in northernmost Norway.

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