Three Russian nuclear submarines investigated the possibility of using weapons under the ice in the Arctic, announced Vadim Serga, spokesperson for Russia’s North Fleet.
“The North Fleet’s nuclear submarine crews rehearsed preparing to operate under the Arctic’s icy conditions. The nuclear missile cruisers ‘Tula’, ‘Novomoskovsk’, and ‘Severodvinsk’ were given objectives to complete under the ice,” Interfax cites the spokesperson as saying.
Serga added that the submarines had practiced surfacing in the ice and searching for openings. The exercise was conducted in May as part of the fleet’s combat training in the winter training period, he noted.
In August 2018, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu said that several governments had become interested in the Arctic, and that this could provoke conflicts in the region.