The Russian Northern Fleet's naval pilots will expand the geography of their patrolling missions in the Arctic region in 2014, Northern Fleet spokesman Cap. 1st Rank Vadim Serga told Interfax-AVN.

"Northern Fleet naval pilots will significantly expand the geography of arctic flights starting 2014, including with the use of the transpolar airfield Temp on the New Siberian Islands," Serga said.

Crews of Tupolev Tu-142 and Ilyushin Il-38 anti-submarine aircraft conducted over 30 patrolling missions in the northernmost parts of the Arctic Ocean in 2013, Serga said.

"During the arctic flights, naval pilots conducted the reconnaissance of the sea ice, which significantly eases the navigation of civilian ships," he said.

The flights in the Arctic region were preceded by extensive navigation training of the crews, taking into account the special geographical location and difficult weather conditions, Serga said.

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