The Russian Northern Fleet's large assault ships Georgy Pobedonosets and Kondopoga, which reached the New Siberian Islands on Sept.14, have conducted an amphibious operation on the coast of Kotelny Island as part of drills, the fleet's spokesman Captain 1st Rank Vadim Serga told Interfax-AVN on Sept.15.
"The exercises were coordinated by Northern Fleet Deputy Commander Rear Admiral Viktor Sokolov. It was the first time units of the Northern Fleet's Arctic brigade had taken part in an amphibious operation. The simulated amphibious operation on an unequipped coast began with the support of ship-based aircraft. Two [Kamov] Ka-27 ship-based helicopters were scrambled from the large anti-submarine ship Severomorsk to airlift forward landing groups to the western coast of Kotelny Island," Serga said.
The large assault ship Georgy Pobedonosets then joined the simulated operation, he said.
Its crew was the first to take the landing operation area using defense methods and then successfully unloaded the personnel, hardware and other assets there.
Afterwards, the large assault ship Kondopoga successfully conducted its amphibious operation on the coast of Kotelny Island as well. Following a simulated fight in the landing operation area and measures to consolidate their positions, the Arctic brigade's units moved inland towards the venue for deploying their camp on Kotelny Island.
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