Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Russian submarine to participate in first-ever naval exercise with NATO warships

BRUSSELS — NATO says a Russian submarine will take part in one of its naval exercises for the first time.

Officials said Tuesday the vessel is scheduled to join in next month's undersea rescue exercise off the Spanish coast. The exercise, held every three years, is the largest of its kind in the world and involves multiple subs, warships and search and rescue aircraft.

NATO's and Russia's surface ships co-operate closely as part of the international anti-piracy patrols off the Somali coastline. But no Russian sub has ever taken part in those missions.

During the Cold War, the Soviet Union's massive conventional and nuclear-powered submarine fleets were one of the most dangerous threats faced by NATO.

Military ties between Russia and the alliance have been improving steadily since 2009, despite continuing political disagreements over Georgia and NATO's attacks on Libya.

1 comment:

  1. Himal Dolage NanayakkaraMay 1, 2011 at 5:48 PM

    Russians must think twice and shall contain all their military secrats as it is inevitable that they will have to go into a war with US in about 15 to 20 years. A strong Sino Russian alliance would be the worlds only hope as UN is reduced only to be a puppet totally controlled by US/West. Good luck Russia

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