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Russia celebrates Naval Infantry Day

Russia celebrates Naval Infantry Day


The Naval Infantry Day is celebrated in Russia on November 27. The Russian Naval Infantry (Morskaya Pekhota Rossii or MPR), is the amphibious force of the Russian Navy. First Russian naval infantry force was formed in 1705 and since than has fought in numerous wars. Russian Marines are equipped with amphibious tanks, mobile anti-tank and anti-missile systems and automatic small arms to operate in any regions and in any weather conditions. The total number of Russian marines now stands at about 12.500 marines.

Russia celebrates Naval Infantry Day

Russia celebrates Naval Infantry Day


The Naval Infantry of the Russian Navy includes the 55th Naval Infantry Division of the Russian Pacific Fleet, the independent brigades of the Northern (61st Brigade at Sputnik, Murmansk Oblast) and Baltic Fleets and of the Caspian Military Flotilla, and the independent regiment of the Black Sea Fleet. The Russian Infantry alongside the Coastal Defense Missile Artillery Forces, form part of a larger institution—the Coastal Troops of the Russian Navy (Russian: Береговые войска ВМФ России, Beregovye Voyska VMF Rossii).
Russia celebrates Naval Infantry Day

Russia celebrates Naval Infantry Day


The Russian Naval Infantry have been gradually phasing out PT-76 amphibious tanks, and started to receive a number of T-80s. A full-strength Naval Infantry Brigade may have up to 70-80 Tanks. The APCs used by the Naval Infantry are either wheeled BTR-80/82s (in Assault Landing Battalions) or tracked MT-LBs (in Marine Battalions). While Naval Infantry units were supposed to receive BMP-3 IFVs, BMMP (bojevaya mashina morskoj pekhoti) fitted with the turret of the BMP-2, few have been delivered, and it is far from certain such re-arming will take place. BMP-3s may equip one company per Marine battalion.
Russia celebrates Naval Infantry Day

Russia celebrates Naval Infantry Day


The Alligator tank landing ship and more modern Ropucha-class landing ship is a typical amphibious assault ship. Propelled by diesel engines, this ship is relatively small, displacing about 4,500 tons. The advent of the Ivan Rogov was taken in the West as an indication that the Russian Navy was planning to strengthen the power projection mission of Naval Infantry. Twice the size of earlier ships, it can launch amphibious vehicles from its open bow doors. It also carries helicopters. Among the various small assault landing vehicles to launch from the bow are hovercraft, such as the Aist, which can carry the naval infantry ashore at speeds of fifty knots.
Russia celebrates Naval Infantry Day

Russia celebrates Naval Infantry Day

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British Army: Today When The Guns Fall Silent

British Army: Today When The Guns Fall Silent


To mark the 100th anniversary of Armistice, the British Army has released a video titled, ‘Today When The Guns Fall Silent’. The short film tells the story of a British soldier whose family members have served in conflicts over the last 100 years. The different conflicts and eras are represented by the seamless change in uniform worn by the soldier. The changes in uniform on the soldier also demonstrates the evolution of the British Army over the last 100 years. Throughout the video a poem is recited which delivers the narrative for this emotive film.

The video was filmed at Brookwood Military Cemetery, near Pirbright. Brookwood is owned and run by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC); it was established as the First World War ended, and then extended for the burial of Second World War service personnel. Those buried there represent all branches of service, and all six of the CWGC’s member governments: Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, South Africa and the United Kingdom.

 British Army: Today When The Guns Fall Silent

British Army: Today When The Guns Fall Silent


With more than 5,000 Commonwealth, and almost 800 war graves of other nationalities, and a further 3,400 servicemen and women commemorated on the Brookwood Memorial to the missing, the cemetery is a proud and moving reminder of the human cost of two world wars and the price paid by our Commonwealth servicemen and women to defend the freedoms we enjoy today.

This original film makes a very powerful and clear link between the men and women who have served in the British Armed Forces throughout the last century. It symbolises the human nature of our work by remembering those who dedicated their lives for our country whilst also paying tribute to those that currently serve with the same ongoing commitment.

 British Army: Today When The Guns Fall Silent

British Army: Today When The Guns Fall Silent