On June 7, the Ministry of Defense of Russia released footage of a recent joint exercise with the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) on the Syrian coast.
During the exercise, Russian and Syrian service members repelled a simulated attack from the sea. Light and heavy machine guns were used. A Russian BTR-82A armored personnel carrier also took part in the exercise.
Russian military personnel trained their counterparts in the SAA on combat tactics based on the experience gained from the war in Syria.
The exercise was held at a newly-built training field on the al-Shukifat beach in Lattakia. Russian and Syrian troops train in the field on a daily basis. The SAA used to detonate unexploded war ordnance there.
The Syrian coast hosts Russia’s two main military installations in the country, Hmeimim Air Base and Tartus Naval Base.
Joint exercises are essential to improve coordination between Russian and Syrian troops which are operating side by side almost on every frontline in the country.
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