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Submarine rescue offer extended, says SACLANT By the Supreme Allied Commander, Atlantic (public information office) NORFOLK, Va. (NWS) -- Officials from NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) have extended an offer of assistance to the Russian government regarding the submarine rescue operation ongoing in the Barents Sea. As a result of that offer, Russian officials have responded that they would like to discuss possible options and technical details of such operations. That technical meeting occurred late Aug. 15 with NATO headquarters and officials from the Supreme Allied Commander, Atlantic (SACLANT). No official request is currently held by SACLANT or NATO officials. By coincidence, NATO naval planners at SACLANT headquarters in Norfolk, Va., are in the final stages of planning a submarine rescue exercise, called "Sorbet Royal," which is scheduled to begin Sept. 5. This exercise will bring together NATO naval assets that might be called upon for any real-world submarine accident. Preparations for this exercise have been very helpful in responding to the Russian's request for additional information on NATO naval capabilities for submarine rescue. For more information about SACLANT, go to http://www.saclant.nato.int, for NATO information, go to http://www.nato.int. -USN-