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Northern Fleet holds Arctic coastal defense drills
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Northern Fleet holds Arctic coastal defense drills

The Northern Fleet has conducted drills aimed at protecting the Russian Arctic island zone and sea coast, including missile, air-defense and artillery live-fire exercises, the fleet's press service reported.

"For the first time, Arctic motorized infantry brigade units brought to Kotelny island aboard Northern Fleet ships participated in the drills. Arctic infantry successfully carried out amphibious landing defense and coastal defense operations," the report said.

During the exercise, units of the Northern Fleet tactical force based on Kotelny, in conjunction with the carrier group, effectively engaged sea targets and repulsed sea and air attacks by a simulated enemy.

Arctic troops used new equipment, including ATVs, TTM-4902PS-10 tracked off-road vehicles and MT-LBV multipurpose tractors.

"The Arctic units of the Northern Fleet Joint Strategic Command have successfully carried out live-fire drills, confirming their readiness to perform missions for protecting the Arctic island zone and sea coast," Northern Fleet Commander Adm. Vladimir Korolyov said after the drills.