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The search and rescue forces of the Northern Fleet are completing preparations for the annual joint Russian-Norwegian exercise Barents, which will take place in early June in the Barents Sea.

The main objectives of the exercise are to practice joint actions in the search and rescue of people in distress at sea, to prevent oil pollution in the sea area under conditions of intensive industrial development of the Arctic.

From the Northern Fleet, the rescue and tugboat Nikolay Chiker, the Il-38 anti-submarine aircraft, capable of also performing search and rescue missions, and the Ka-27 PS helicopter will be involved in the exercise.

The sailors of the Northern Fleet are also ready to tackle the tasks of eliminating the consequences of an environmental accident caused by oil spills in the sea. For these purposes, the Northern Fleet’s search and rescue missions are equipped with the most modern equipment.

Barents is the only search and rescue exercise conducted by Russia and Norway in the Arctic region on an annual basis. It is being held in accordance with the intergovernmental agreement between Russia and Norway on cooperation in the search for missing persons and the rescue of people in distress in the Barents Sea dated October 4, 1995. Both the Russian side and the Norwegian side are in charge of the exercise.

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