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Department issues warning over 'serious safety risks' posed by Russian missile tests

The Department of Transport has warned all seafarers about the Russian military exercises due to take place next week.

Updated Jan 27th 2022, 11:20 AM

Russian Exercise Map A The exercises will be undertaken outside of Ireland’s territorial sea but within the Exclusive Economic Zone

THE DEPARTMENT OF Transport has issued a marine notice advising all seafarers that the Russian Navy will carry out manoeuvres off the southwest coast of Ireland from 3 to 8 February.

The Irish Government has received a warning of a major exercise by the Russian navy and air force in the Atlantic Ocean, as reported by The Journal last Saturday.

The Department notice to seafarers states: “Given the nature of the planned exercises and the presence of naval forces, vessels and crew are advised of serious safety risks in the operational area. Masters should navigate their vessel to ensure safety at all times.”

The missile test, or range practice as it is known in military terms, will take place in international waters off the coast of county Cork in early February.

The exercises will be undertaken outside of Ireland’s territorial sea but within the Exclusive Economic Zone.

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Screenshot 2022-01-27 08.30.27 Source: Dept of Transport

The Department of Transport has said it was advised of the exercise by the Irish Aviation Authority, who were contacted by the Russian Federation. The RF said the exercises will include naval artillery and the launching of rockets.

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