Paratroopers conduct amphibious warfare drills in Russian Arctic
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Paratroopers conduct amphibious warfare drills in Russian Arctic

A battalion of the Northern Fleet's separate missile and artillery brigade, in conjunction with the crew of the Kondopoga large landing ship, has started rehearsing an element of amphibious warfare training in the Kola Bay, Interfax reported.

"During the drills, Bastion coastal missile crews are rehearsing the embarkation and disembarkation of launchers, which are about 15 meters long, to and from the ship's tween deck," the Northern Fleet press service said.

Missile crews are conducting scheduled tactical drills in the course of which Bastion crews will fire anti-ship missiles from the coast at sea targets in the Barents Sea.

The Bastion missile system with the Yakhont anti-ship missile is designed to effectively engage various classes and types of surface warships as part of amphibious assault combined units, convoys, ship and aircraft carrier strike groups, as well as single ships and land radio-contrast targets amid intensive counter-fire and EW operations. Its principal mission is to defend the coast against amphibious assault operations for up to 600 km.