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MSTU Observer of Norwegian-Russian Exercises «Barents 2015»


The exercises were held June 01-02 2015 near Varangerfjord.

The exercises were attended by 4 aircrafts and 16 ships, five of them were Russian.

The Russian side took part in the maneuvers by search and rescue forces of the Northern Fleet: rescue towboat СБ-523, Ил-38 aircraft and Ми-8 helicopter, as well as forces and facilities of the regional EMERCOM department, Border Guard Service, Ministry of Transport, FAMART and Federal Air Transport Agency.

The Norwegian side was represented by ships and aircrafts of Joint Search and Rescue Coordination Centre of the Northern Norway, Coastal Administration and the Norwegian Coast Guard, Department of Police in Eastern Finnmark, other government units.

The main training task of the latest international exercises was search and rescue people in distress in the Barents Sea waters. MSTU was represented by Sergey Kholichev, Acting Head of Navigation Department (MSTU Marine Institute).

– I was an observer during the exercises of the MARPART project. I was on board the salvage vessel icebreaker class "Baltika". My task was to assess how well Russian and Norwegian rescue vessels cooperate with each other. The exercises were executed on the professional level. There was good coordination of forces of Norway and Russia, – noted Sergey Kholichev.

During the exercises the crew of the vessel in distress were "rescued". The main feature of the first phase of the exercise was the emergency drill by the ship and aircraft crews in response to sudden incoming orders from the exercises leader as well as rescue of persons in distress on the sea surface. There were also exercises practicing eliminating the consequences of oil spill accidents in marine waters conducted in cooperation between Norwegian and Russian forces.

International exercises "Barents" are held annually. The exercises guidance is carried out by the Russian and Norwegian SAR forces in turn.