The ministry added that it also planned to create a net of 10 search-and-rescue centers in the Arctic. Four of them have already been launched. “In October 2015, a joint Remote Sensing Center on the basis of EMERCOM’s Murmansk department was launched. Similar centers will be deployed in Dudinka and Anadyr, which will enable control over the Russian Arctic territory,” the statement issued by the ministry reads. Russia unveiled a strategy to boost its presence in the Arctic, believed to hold vast oil and natural gas reserves, in 2014.