Patrols spot Russian military landing craft under tow

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The National Armed Forces (NBS) tweeted Wednesday that Russian military ships were spotted in the Baltic sea near Latvia’s territorial waters Tuesday.

The two vessels were monitored about 14.5 nautical miles off of Latvia’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) maritime jurisdiction. According to NBS reports, a civilian tug-boat was towing an unidentified Serna-class air-cavity landing craft.

Air-cavity ships are designed for rapid deployment of troops onto coastal shores and quick maneuvering either for a quick retreat or for repeat retrieval and delivery of more personnel and armored technical equipment up to a 92-person crew and 45 tons of gear.

The high-performance ship can cover a 600-mile distance at speeds up to 30 knots. Its approximate load capacity allows for expedited transport of a battle tank and two armored personnel carriers on its landing deck.


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