Maneuvers are not the only challenge Russian sailors face in the Arctic. The rigorous landscape itself is demanding: icy winds, rough seas and long missions, as RT's crew on board the destroyer Admiral Levchenko has learnt.
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Russia’s Northern Fleet is being tested in the extreme conditions of icy Arctic waters on a mission to re-equip a Soviet-era naval base. On board the destroyer Admiral Levchenko, RT's Murad Gazdiev reports on the most treacherous part of the journey.
I thought I had gotten used to the swaying, and I had – but this is something else. The effects are not fun: Total lethargy, slight nausea and a spinning head. All I want to do is just lie down and sleep. I was told that you get used to this as well.
A 400-strong Russian crew is manning a French-built Mistral-class warship as it conducts sea trials. It comes after Paris announced the possible cancellation of the contract due to the conflict in Ukraine.