Northern Fleet to conduct anti-submarine operations in White Sea
© RIA Novosti. Mikhail Fomichev

Northern Fleet to conduct anti-submarine operations in White Sea

Northern Fleet warships have started practicing simulated anti-submarine (ASW) operations in the White Sea, RIA Novosti reports, quoting Captain First Class Vadim Serga, chief of the fleet's press service.

"The small ASW ships Onega and Naryan-Mar serving the Northern Fleet's White Sea naval base have reached combat training sectors in the White Sea to carry out their objectives," Serga noted.

Ship crews will conduct joint ASW operations together with a fleet task force, launching grenades and rocket-assisted depth charges at an underwater target. In addition, the ships will search for an "enemy" submarine and launch a torpedo attack, Serga said.

The small ASW ships will sail the high seas for several days, after which the crews will return to Severodvinsk.

The Project 1124 Albatross small ASW ships are designed to locate and destroy enemy submarines. Each ship is equipped with two 533-mm double-tube swivel-mounted torpedo launchers, 12-barrel RBU-6000 rocket-assisted depth-charge launchers, one Osa-MA surface-to-air missile system, as well as AK-176 and AK-630 artillery systems.