Amid ongoing tensions between Russia and Ukraine, a number of Russian amphibious assault ships have entered the Mediterranean Sea and are believed to be heading to the Black Sea.
Earlier we reported that a number of Ropucha-class landing ships and one Ivan Gren-class landing ship from the Russian Baltic fleet had passed through the English Channel. The amphibious assault flotilla is believed to be heading for the Black Sea.
The vessels have now started to enter the Mediterranean Sea. The below images were captured by David Parody, I recommend you follow him for updates on shipping in and around Gibraltar by clicking here.
Russian fleet of at least three landing ships just entered the Med via the Strait of Gibraltar. Record shots of ships. @Osinttechnical @UKDefJournal @UKDefJournal @GDarkconrad @WarshipsIFR @NavyLookout pic.twitter.com/Qlz8qkCkRm
— David Parody 🇬🇮 (@dparody) January 27, 2022
The Ropucha-class landing ship can transport 10 main battle tanks and 340 troops or 12 BTRs and 340 troops or 3 main battle tanks, 3 2S9 Nona-S, 5 MT-LBs, 4 army trucks and 313 troops or 500 tons of cargo. The Ivan Gren-class can transport 40 BTRs or IFVs and 300 troops.