Border guards of Russia, Finland, Estonia to hold joint drills in Gulf of Finland

The border agencies of Russia, Finland and Estonia will take part in joint actions amid bad weather in Gulf of Finland and St. Petersburg waters, the press office of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) border department for St. Petersburg said.

The border agencies of Russia, Finland and Estonia will take part in joint actions amid bad weather in Gulf of Finland and St. Petersburg waters, the press office of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) border department for St. Petersburg said.

Trilateral international naval drill Cooperation and Rescue 2014 will be held on August 26-28, including amid bad weather on August 27-28. Each country will have one ship, a helicopter and a national border center taking part in the exercises, the press office said.

In addition, Russia will allocate a maritime rescue ship from the Leningrad naval base, a rescue tow-boat and a rescue boom-laying rescue boat from the Baltic branch of the State Naval Rescue Service of Russia.

The event is being held in order to train and improve cooperation between border structures and the rescue coordination centers of the participating countries to control above-water situations and rescue people at sea, the press office said.

Border agencies will practice the search for and rescue of people following a plane crash in eastern part of the Gulf of Finland and assisting a ship in distress by the coast guard and aviation boats.

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