Russia’s naval troops have been conducting the biggest war drills near The Last Frontier area since the Soviet era.
The said naval exercises comprise fleet and aircraft by the dozens, according to an AP report.
Drills Of Unprecedented Extent
Adm. Nikolai Yevmenov, remarked that 50 warships and about 40 aircraft were partaking in the Bering Sea exercise.
The war games included various practice missile launches, added Russia’s navy chief.
Russia is “ holding” its first-ever “massive drills”, Yevmenov said in a statement which was by the Russian Defense Ministry.
Safeguarding Their Assets
Adm.Yevmenov stressed that the naval exercises are part of the Russian government’s stepping up its military presence in the Arctic.
“We are amplifying our forces to ensure the economic development ” of our territory in the region, he said.
We are becoming accustomed to the “Arctic spaces,” Adm.Yevmenov added.
The Arctic region, which many believed, holds up to one-quarter of the world’s untapped oil and gas.
President Vladimir Putin of Russia estimated the value of Arctic natural resources at $30 trillion.
Caused Quite A Stir
The military presence Russia conducted made a splash in the Bering Sea Wednesday, per Anchorage Daily News (ADN).
Various commercial “fishing vessels operating” on the Bering Sea came across these military vessels and “were concerned.”
As a result, “they contacted us,” Kip Wadlow, representative of U.S. Coast Guard said.
U.S. Coastguard: Business As Usual
The Alaskan Command at Elmendorf-Richardson base confirmed to the U.S. Coastguard that the Russian ships’ presence was pre-planned, ADN further reports.
The Russian naval exercise that was known to some U.S. military administration, Wadlow said.
We “appreciate the fishermen out there” for informing the U.S. Coastguard.
However, “this is a known event” and our folks are still treating it “business as usual right now”, Wadlow said in a followup call.