Russian Warship Korolev Passed Through Istanbul With Cargo On Her Deck

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Ropucha class large landing ship Korolev making her southbound passage through the Istanbul with extra cargo on her forecastle.

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The cargo on the forecastle of Korolev.

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The cargo on the forecastle from a slightly different angle.

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The cargo on Korolev from the opposite side of the Strait. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

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The cargo on deck, seen from the other side of Bosphorus. Photo: Kerim Bozkurt. Used with permission.

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The cargo on Korolev from the opposite side of the Strait. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission

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Ropucha class landing ship Novocharkassk passing through Istanbul. All her cargo is inside.

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The position of the cargo on the deck. The original drawing: Coollib.

 

On 3 September 2015 two Ropucha class large landing ship of Russian Navy made their southbound passage through Bosphorus.

Their passage would not be remarkable if one of the ships had cargo stored on her forecastle. The landing ship Korolev is assigned to the Baltic Fleet. But since July the ship is going back and forth between the Black Sea and Mediterranean.

The Ropucha class ships have a through tank deck which means a tank can roll on front the end of the ship and roll off at from the aft of the ship. Many Ropucha class warships passed through the Turkish Straits but their cargo was always inside the ship.

The cargo stored on the forecastle of Korolev was a first. The cargo was stored between the gun and the rocket launchers. It was covered by camouflage nets. The cargo seems to be large crates probably from wood and it does not appear to be a kind of vehicle like the trucks and the armored personal carriers on Nikolay Filchenkov. 

The destination of these ships are not declared but it is believed to be Syria. The Russian support to Syria has intensified since last and much discussed deployment of  Nikolay Filchenkov on 20 August 2015. Since that day, 4 Ropucha class landing ships have been dispatched to the region: Azov and Tsezar Kunikov on 26 August followed by Korolev and Novocharkassk on 3 September.

17 Responses to Russian Warship Korolev Passed Through Istanbul With Cargo On Her Deck

  1. ss27topol says:

    They appear to be ammunition boxes to me

  2. Kevin Brent says:

    Reblogged this on J. Kevin Brent and commented:
    Cargo appears to be crates of ammunition. It’s not common to store it on deck, unless the cargo holds are full and there is no room. No doubt this vessel is headed for Syria, in support of the new Russian Air Force deployment there. This is the second observation of something ‘extra’ on a Russian ship headed southbound. Will reblog the other as well.

  3. Bob says:

    That’s an old looking boat

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