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Turkey: Russian naval ships sail through the Dardanelles00:40

Turkey: Russian naval ships sail through the Dardanelles

Turkey, Dardanelles
April 9, 2014 at 17:03 GMT +00:00 · Published

Turkey: Russian naval ships sail through the Dardanelles

Two large Russian Navy landing craft, the Saratov and Yamal, passed through the Dardanelles in the northwestern Turkish province of Canakkale on Wednesday morning, before setting sail for the Aegean Sea. Turkish coastguards escorted both ships through the stretch of water, with the Saratov carrying the bow number 150, and the Yamal - 156.

The Saratov is a Project 1171 (Tapir) class landing ship. Weighing up to a maximum of 4,700 tonnes at full load, it is 113.1 metres (370 ft) in length and can reach speeds of up to 18 knots (33 km/h / 20.5 mph). The Yamal is a Ropucha-class landing ship and weighs 4,080 tonnes at full load. It is 112.5 metres (367 ft) in length and can reach speeds of 18 knots (33 km/h / 20.5 mph). It’s able to carry up to 250 troops and 10 tanks.

The Saratov was first commissioned in 1966 while the Yamal was commissioned 22 years later in 1988.

Turkey: Russian naval ships sail through the Dardanelles00:40
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Turkey: Russian naval ships sail through the Dardanelles

Two large Russian Navy landing craft, the Saratov and Yamal, passed through the Dardanelles in the northwestern Turkish province of Canakkale on Wednesday morning, before setting sail for the Aegean Sea. Turkish coastguards escorted both ships through the stretch of water, with the Saratov carrying the bow number 150, and the Yamal - 156.

The Saratov is a Project 1171 (Tapir) class landing ship. Weighing up to a maximum of 4,700 tonnes at full load, it is 113.1 metres (370 ft) in length and can reach speeds of up to 18 knots (33 km/h / 20.5 mph). The Yamal is a Ropucha-class landing ship and weighs 4,080 tonnes at full load. It is 112.5 metres (367 ft) in length and can reach speeds of 18 knots (33 km/h / 20.5 mph). It’s able to carry up to 250 troops and 10 tanks.

The Saratov was first commissioned in 1966 while the Yamal was commissioned 22 years later in 1988.

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