For the first time in the history of modern Russia, three nuclear submarines of the Russian Navy appeared together in the ice and within a radius of 300 meters. This was reported to Russian President Vladimir Putin by the Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy, Admiral Nikolai Evmenov. Russia’s full-scale military exercise in the Arctic took place for a whole week from March 20.
Nikolai Evmenov reported that currently in the area of the Franz Josef Land Archipelago, Alexandra Land Island and the adjacent water area an integrated Arctic expedition “Umka-2021” was carried out with the participation of the Russian Geographical Society. Evmenov also reported that three Russian fighter planes had flown over the North Pole.
The ‘Umka-21 Arctic Expedition’ was conducted since March 20 under the command of the Navy’s Main Command. As the President noted, there is no comparable expedition in Soviet and modern Russian history. He added that during the expedition they confirmed “the high combat capabilities of the military equipment and its reliability in operation under extreme conditions.” Putin called the exercise unprecedented.
More than 600 military and civilian personnel and about 200 different types of weapons, military and special equipment were involved in the expedition. Currently, the average temperature in the region is minus 25 to 30 degrees Celsius, the thickness of the ice sheet reaches 1.5 meters.
Heiner Kubny, PolarJournal