Russian Arctic Brigade advances on Franz Josef Land

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Source: The Barents Observer

About 100 soldiers and 11 vehicles were put ashore as the «Kondopoga» landing vessel last week arrived in the Aleksandra island, one of the main islands in Russia’s northernmost archipelago. Next by was the «Vizir», the Northern Fleet’s hydrographic vessel, the Russian Navy informs.

It is the first time that the Russian Arctic Brigade engages in a major drill in the Franz Josef Land. In 2015, the Arctic elite forces were training in Kotelny in the New Siberian Islands, the Taimyr Peninsula and in Novaya Zemlya.

A key part of the exercise is the protection of the new military base on the island.

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