Russian Submarines Fought A Torpedo Duel In Waters Near NATO Allies

( – Two submarines belonging to the Russian Navy recently engaged in a torpedo training exercise in the Baltic Sea. The training was mainly focused on offensive and striking capabilities.

This event took place shortly after a different anti-submarine training was conducted by Russia in the same area. The exercises involved the submarines Dmitrov and Novorossiysk. According to Russian state media TASS, the submarines did not use warheads, only training torpedoes. After completing the torpedo training, the submarines continued with other combat exercises in the Baltic Sea.

During the drills, the personnel of the two submarines were trained in combat tactics, hostile submarine recognition and monitoring, and evasion strategies.

The Novorossiysk and Dmitrov represent two variants of Russian Kilo-class submarines. Both submarines are capable of handling and using multiple types of missiles and weapons, including ballistic missiles. The subs are also known for their relative quietness, yet the Novorossiysk and other submarines of its kind are considered highly advanced and stealthy.

The Baltic Sea has become a significant area of interest since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and especially since Finland and Sweden joined NATO. Russians often call the Baltic Sea “the NATO lake”, as eight of the nine countries bordering the sea are members of the alliance. Russia is the only exception.

The term “NATO lake” has been called propaganda by some experts, who say there is still accessibility to the Baltic Sea from all points, including Russia. The sea is crucial to Russia’s shipping industry, exports of oil, and trading from its cities like St Petersburg. The area has changed much since 1990 when only Germany and Denmark were the only members of NATO in the area. Russia is also reportedly increasing its capabilities in the Kaliningrad area, including anti-air weapons, missiles, and even nuclear weapons. This makes the Baltic Sea strategically vital for both NATO and Moscow.

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