The Russian Ministry of Defence released footage of Russian navy infantry units landing on the Syrian coast in Latakia Province, as the Russian Navy and Russian Aerospace Forces performed joint drills in the Mediterranean Sea on Saturday.
A total of 26 warships including three large landing ships, two minesweepers, the Raptor patrol boat and the fire support ship were involved in the landing exercises.
The air support was provided by 24 aircraft, including Ka-29, Mi-8 and Mi-24 helicopters, Su-33 and Su-30SM aircraft.
Saturday’s exercise is reminiscent of the first landing by the Soviet Navy fleet in the Mediterranean Sea which took place in 1968.
These are the first Navy and Aerospace Forces joint drills in Russia’s modern history.