After a long break and only a few days after the loss of the missile cruiser “Moskva” in Ukraine, the Russian Navy has launched sea maneuvers and fired missiles in the Baltic Sea. In the Kaliningrad area and in the Gulf of Finland, frigates, corvettes and landing craft have held drills, the Navy reports confirmed. In addition, they transferred several units from the North Sea through the Fehmarnbelt and Kadetrinne to the Baltic Sea on Good Friday and Holy Saturday. As the “Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland” reports, the “Ivan Gren”, one of the two largest landing ships in Russia and the largest landing ship of the Russian Navy in Northern Europe, was also among them.
The “Ivan Gren” has a displacement of 6600 tons and a loading capacity for 300 soldiers and up to 40 armored personnel carriers and helicopters. The massive DropShip is said to be en route to Kaliningrad, coming from Murmansk. She was escorted by the Danish patrol boat “Nymfen” – the passage for warships is bound to internationally agreed specifications. The Russian Navy is allowed to transfer a certain number of ships through Danish waters per day.
It is still unclear whether the “Ivan Gren”, which was put into service in 2018, will take part in the Russian naval maneuvers in the Baltic Sea. There is a possibility that in Kaliningrad it will only load tanks and vehicles for the Russian troops in Syria. A maneuver in relation to the war in Ukraine also seems unlikely – however, unlike the other maneuvers in the Baltic Sea, the journey of the “Ivan Gren” has not yet been reported by the Russian Navy.