The flotilla of Russian landing ships entered the English Channel

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Several reports confirm that the six warships of the Russian Navy have started their crossing of the English Channel, after which they will enter the Atlantic Ocean. Ships include Project 775 Ropucha class amphibious warfare ships Olenegorskiy Gornyak and Georgi Pobedonosetsas good as Project 11711

Ivan Gren class landing ship Pyotr Morgunovof the Northern Fleet, plus three more Ropuchasthe Korolev, Minskand Kaliningradof the Baltic Fleet.

The Netherlands-based Marineschepen website reported today that the Royal Netherlands Navy hydrographic vessel Zr.Ms. Luymes and its onboard NH90 helicopter escorted three of the Russian ships through international waters in the North Sea, while en route to the English Channel. “Supervision was then taken over by Belgian and British warships,” the website added, with the Royal Navy apparently being having sent the HMS Type 45 destroyer Dragon track Russian ships. At least one French Navy warship was also reportedly dispatched to monitor the progress of Russian ships.

As of this evening, reports in the British media suggested that the first three Russian ships, the Ropuchas of the Baltic Fleet, were already en route in the English Channel, while the contingent of the Northern Fleet followed them. At least one unsubstantiated account further suggested that the ships of the Northern Fleet were at anchor, waiting for better weather before making further progress.

The Northern Fleet warships had already caused concern during their visit to the Baltic, which began on January 12. Their movements were deemed “very irregular” by the Swedish authorities, which led to the deployment of hundreds of soldiers and armored vehicles. on the island of Gotland.

As tensions continue to surround Moscow’s buildup of troops and equipment around its borders with Ukraine, there has been much speculation that the movements of the six amphibious warfare vessels are linked to it.

While we’ve already discussed the capabilities of these warships in our previous coverage, it’s worth noting that they’re both landing craft tank (LST) designs that can offload troops, vehicles, and other payloads. directly on the beach via clamshell front doors. The Soviet era Ropucha class ships each displace nearly 4,100 tons fully loaded and can carry up to 10 main battle tanks, 340 troops, 550 tons of cargo, or a mixture of the three.

The most modern Ivan Gren class ships displace about 6,600 tons when fully loaded and can simultaneously carry up to 13 tanks and about 300 troops. They also have a cockpit that can accommodate up to two helicopters.

The eyes of NATO navies will be fixed on the Russian Navy’s amphibious warfare flotilla as it continues its journey.

If they are to head south towards the Black Sea, there are fears that they could be used to support a possible new large-scale Russian military intervention in Ukraine. In this scenario, they would likely contribute to amphibious operations directed at areas of southern Ukraine, particularly those along the Sea of ​​Azov, just north of the Black Sea, which is already under Russian control.

We will continue to update our readers on the progress of these vessels, as well as developments around Ukraine’s borders.

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