The Cargo On Russian Landing Ship Saratov

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Alligator class landing ship Saratov passing through Istanbul, escorted by Turkish Coast Guard. Photo: Alper Böler. Used with permission.

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A composite image of the cargo on board of Saratov. Photos: Alper Böler. Used with permission.

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A starboard view of Saratov. Photo: Zeynep Bozkurt. Used with permission.

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The cargo on the starboard side. Photo: Zeynep Bozkurt. Used with permission.

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Another view of the cargo on board of Saratov. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

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Note the crates under the life rafts. Photo: Yörük Işık. Used with permission.

The Russian presence in Syria is growing so is the frequency of Russian warships carrying equipment and supplies to the region has increased too.

On 7 September 2015, the Alligator class landing ship Saratov sister of Nikolay Filchenkov made her southbound passage to the Mediterranean.

Like the much discussed passage of Nikolay Filchenkov, the deck of Saratov was loaded with equipment. Since vehicles were under camouflage nets, it is not easy to tell what the ship was exactly carrying. But the profile of the cargo on her bow resembles very much KamAZ-4350 trucks. There are at least 2 on the starboard side and one at the port side.

The remaining vehicles seem to have a lower profile than the trucks. Some of the have two “horns” like the air intakes you can see on BTR-82A armored personal carriers. Thus I believe that Saratov was carrying at least 5 APC’s of this type yesterday.

Since I am not an expert on army vehicles any additions, updates or corrections are welcomed.

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17 Responses to The Cargo On Russian Landing Ship Saratov

  1. Robert says:

    Куда он плывет?

  2. Kevin Brent says:

    Reblogged this on J. Kevin Brent and commented:
    Russia sending ships through Turkey’s Bosphorus with war material in plain view on deck like this, is a testament to how much Putin views America & NATO to be weak as piss. The camouflage netting isn’t to hide it, so much as weather protection while at sea.

    • Splinter says:

      That’s a joke though, right? Camouflage netting as a weather protection? Nonsense. It’s simply being obvious without being obvious. It’s pretty much the same as Putins having troops in Ukraine in unmarked russian uniforms and vehicles.

      • Kevin Brent says:

        You obviously have no time or experience on ships of any kind. You should know a little more about a subject, before firing your mouth aimlessly and sounding foolish. What’s nonsense, is the first half of your reply.

      • Splinter says:

        So what now? Now I’ll tell you that you obviously have no time or experience in the military?
        The thing you see is not a tarp. It’s a camouflage net. This does not protect anything from any weather, not even light rain. Ah yes, the second part. You should know a little more about a subject, before firing your mouth aimlessly and sounding foolish. What’s nonsense, is the all of your reply.

  3. varabungas says:

    Reblogged this on vara bungas.

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