Russian marines and air-assault troops began amphibious landing exercises on 10 June in Pechenga Bay in the Arctic Sea 15 km from the Norwegian border, the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced.
The Northern Fleet's 61st Independent Marine Brigade and Project 775 Ropucha-class large-landing ship Kondopoga landed BTR-82A amphibious armoured personnel carriers, along with MT-LB-V tracked carrier and KAMAZ and Ural trucks. Kondopoga can carry 10 tanks and 340 troops.
Amphibious assault training includes unit-level tactical operations, stowing, cross-decking, and disembarking equipment from landing ships and smaller craft, on the shoreline and further out to sea.
Meanwhile, successive naval live-fire exercises continue in the adjoining Barents Sea, numbering 57 since the beginning of June.
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