Via Fred Kiesche:
“Russia is forming a new Northern Fleet-Unified Strategic Command dedicated to protecting its interests in the Arctic Circle before the end of 2014, RIA Novosti reported on Monday.
‘The new command will comprise the Northern Fleet, Arctic warfare brigades, air force and air defense units as well as additional administrative structures,’ a source on the Russian general staff told the state news agency.
The Northern Fleet-Unified Strategic Command will be responsible for protecting Russian shipping, fisheries, oil and gas fields on the Arctic shelf, according to RIA Novosti. The new command will also protect Russia’s northern borders.
Setting up the new military command is part of a larger Russian move to boost its presence in the Arctic.”