Three Russian ballistic missile submarines surfaced in the North Pole as part of a major exercise amid rising tensions in the Arctic, a strategic location for many countries.
The Russian Ministry of Defense released information related to the exercises on March 26th. The three submarines are capable of launching ballistic missiles, and their movements were accompanied by Russian air support.
Admiral Nikolai Yevmenov, Command-in-Chief of the Russian Navy, said that “As part of the Arctic expedition, three nuclear-powered submarines surfaced from under the ice in a limited space with a radius of 300 meters [approximately 984 feet] for the first time in the history of the Russian Navy.”
This show of force from Russia is a good reminder that the United States is not unchallenged in strategic areas like the Arctic.
While President Biden and his administration focus on pushing diversity and inclusivity in our armed forces, Russia is busy training and preparing for a hypothetical conflict.
Russia’s most recent move has certainly set off alarm bells as the Arctic’s importance is only growing. The receding ice has increased trade routes’ viability, and controlling them could be the grounds for a hypothetical conflict.
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