A group of the Russian Northern Fleet's aircraft carriers embarked on a deployment to the Northeast Atlantic and the Mediterranean Sea on Tuesday, in accordance with the Russian Navy's combat training plan.

"The naval group includes the heavy aircraft carrying cruiser Soviet Union Fleet Admiral Kuznetsov, the large anti-submarine ship Admiral Levchenko, the large assault ship Olenegorsky Gornyak, as well as support vessels such as the rescue towboat Nikolai Chiker and the tankers Sergei Osipov and Kama," the Northern Fleet's spokesman, Captain 1st Rank Vadim Serga, told Interfax-AVN on Tuesday.

The goal of the deployment is to maintain Russia's naval presence in crucial parts of the global ocean, he said.

During the deployment, the ships will conduct a series of maneuvers together with ships belonging to other Russian fleets, including carrier-based aircraft exercises in different climate areas, Serga said.

Great attention will be paid to efforts to respond to new threats vessels may encounter in the sea, he said.

This event is the first in the Northern Fleet's series of long-distance deployments in 2014.

It is the seventh long-distance deployment for the aircraft carrying cruiser Admiral Kuznetsov, which joined the Northern Fleet in January 1991.

The Admiral Kuznetsov joined its first long-distance deployment within the fleet's group of ships in December 1995, Serga said.

The current deployment is being conducted under the flag of Northern Fleet Deputy Commander Rear Admiral Viktor Sokolov. Rear Admiral Sergei Zhuga, commander of the Northern Fleet's missile carrying ships division, is overseeing the event.

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