From MARCO POLO through Harry at Sharkhunters:
"According to the news received just today, a new command has been established in Russia, whose jurisdiction comprises all the Russian forces in the Arctic zone -- the Northern Fleet (all its ships, submarines, aircraft, marines, etc.) as well as units on numerous islands in the Arctic. It is called 'OSK' United Strategic Command)."
"the purpose of this reorganization consists in the better protection of Russian national interest in the Arctic Zone."
"the surface and submarine forces of the Northern Fleet have accumulated enormous experiences in operating in the Arctic area, and they are now being asked to put them to good use in the protection of the important sea way in the Arctic, search and rescue as well as protection of the environment."
"Another report said the Naval Infantry (meaning the marines) of the Northern Fleet will place great emphasis in this year, on the training in the Arctic zone. They will practice handling of the arms, use of artillery, bivouac, etc. in severe climate."
A special command structure the Russian preparing for confrontation and possible conflict. The waters and ice of the arctic regions disputed territory.
Nation as comprising NATO alliance also making claims to the far north to include Denmark!
Hold onto your hats!
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