According to a report by the Russian Satellite News Agency on the 1st, the Russian Northern Fleet was officially upgraded to an independent military administrative unit, that is, the “Fifth Military Region”.
According to the order previously signed by Russian President Putin, the Russian Northern Fleet officially became an independent military administrative unit from January 1, 2021, becoming the “fifth military region” on the same level as the Western, Southern, Central and Eastern Military Region of Russia.
The Northern Fleet was previously a strategic battle corps like other Russian naval fleets. After upgrading, the Northern Fleet will enjoy cross-service and strategic regional command, including the Komi Republic, Arkhangelsk and Murmansk Oblasts, and Nenets Autonomous Region.
The Northern Fleet was born in the early 1930s. Over the years, the Northern Fleet has gradually formed a diversified and systematic combat force composed of surface naval forces, underwater submarine forces, naval aviation forces, coastal defense forces and marines.
Its activities cover the entire Arctic Circle, the North Atlantic Ocean and the waters around Canada.
In recent years, the competition between the West, led by the United States, and Russia in the Arctic has been escalating.
The Russian army continues to increase its investment in the Northern Fleet, accelerate the deployment of military equipment that meets the unique environment of the Arctic region, and safeguard Russia’s interests in the Arctic region.
The Northern Fleet will also undertake the important task of protecting Russia’s northern waterways in the future.