THE ARCTIC: Little Giants

As part of the largest display of peacetime might the 15-nation alliance has ever staged, NATO this week will hold naval maneuvers west of Norway. Last week, plunging into the chill northern waters first, the well-trained Soviet Arctic fleet began war games off Murmansk and the top of Norway.

Russia's northern force has suddenly emerged as the most significant of Russia's four fleets. Based on Polyarny, near Murmansk, and on Khabarovo, about 700 miles to the east, its four cruisers, 40-odd destroyers and 50 to 100 submarines (some of them missile-armed) are positioned to dominate the far northern approaches to...

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