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Massive Military Hovercraft Startles Sunbathers on Busy Beach in Russia: VIDEO


A gigantic, 60-meter hovercraft pulled up on a beach in Russia loaded with swimmers and sunbathers.


The Irish Times reports:

Holidaymakers near the Russian port city of Kaliningrad were startled yesterday when a giant military hovercraft landed in their midst on a beach in Mechnikovo. Video of the incident posted on the internet shows beachgoers marveling at the sight of the Zubr-class hovercraft as it lands on the beach. Purported to be the world’s largest vessel in its class the Zubr (Bison) vessel weighs some 550 tonnes, carries sophisticated weapons systems and is capable of carrying tanks and up to 400 troops.

From the YouTube page:

Hundreds of people were sunbathing on the beach when the vessel powered towards them. No one was injured, although witnesses said beachgoers were surrounded by paratroopers and asked to move on. A spokesman for the Russian defence ministry told local newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda that the hovercraft was on a tactical mission in an area owned by the military.

"Docking at the beach ... is a normal event," a spokesman was quoted as saying. "What people were doing at the beach on the territory of a military (base) is unclear."

Um, sunbathing?

Perhaps the military was just coming to arrest the people with the rainbow beach umbrellas in the foreground.


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  1. Who knew Russia had beaches?

    Posted by: AriesMatt | Aug 21, 2013 3:08:30 PM

  2. Don't make assumptions about arrests of people with rainbow umbrellas. Bad reporting. Gay propaganda.

    Posted by: HT | Aug 21, 2013 3:18:20 PM

  3. Um, HT. The bit about arresting the rainbow umbrella bathers was a snarky joke.

    Posted by: Tranquilo | Aug 21, 2013 3:23:04 PM

  4. Russian military shows disdain for human life - Huh? Wonder where that thinking comes from?

    Posted by: Hey Darlin' | Aug 21, 2013 3:25:11 PM

  5. The European proclivity for Speedos, especially when worn by the svelte beach goer, is clearly gay propaganda requiring military intervention.

    Posted by: grench | Aug 21, 2013 3:26:27 PM

  6. Haha wouldn't surprise me re the umbrellas - there seem to be quite a few of them in this pic. "Gays must burn in the sun. No umbrellas for you!"

    Posted by: Jeff | Aug 21, 2013 3:26:54 PM

  7. Drunk military

    Posted by: Sargon Bighorn | Aug 21, 2013 3:37:18 PM

  8. Isn't it interesting that ever since the USSR implemented it's draconian policies targeting GLBT folks in Russia in 2013 the phrase 'gay propaganda' gets tossed around quite a bit. What about all the 'straight propaganda' and the 'religious propaganda'?

    Posted by: SFshawn | Aug 21, 2013 3:39:12 PM

  9. @sfshawn - "straight propaganda" and "religious propaganda" are ok because they are state and church sponsored. "gay propaganda" is evil and against the new law. and we must protect the children. from displays of rainbow flags, suspenders, olympians, etc. now, let's publish another photo layout of shirtless putin pics.

    i would hate to be a gay atheist in russia right now.

    Posted by: northalabama | Aug 21, 2013 3:55:07 PM

  10. So much homosexual "propaganda" going on in that video.

    Posted by: Sean | Aug 21, 2013 3:58:07 PM

  11. @AriesMatt
    The Baltic Sea has lots and lots of beaches. Also look up the Black Sea.

    Posted by: Steve | Aug 21, 2013 4:03:40 PM

  12. This huge freaky craft is the stuff nightmares are made of. So, Tranquio, eh? Subtle.

    Posted by: HT | Aug 21, 2013 4:03:42 PM

  13. This huge freaky craft is the stuff nightmares are made of. So, Tranquio, eh? Subtle.

    Posted by: HT | Aug 21, 2013 4:03:42 PM

  14. The Evil Empire makes a practice run in their plans to invade Fire Island- Cherry Grove better get some missiles.

    Posted by: jarago | Aug 21, 2013 5:19:41 PM

  15. Hovercraft = non-traditional military vehicle.

    Posted by: zeddy | Aug 21, 2013 5:34:10 PM

  16. Just another day in the country of drunken homophobic buffoons.

    Posted by: dearcomrade | Aug 21, 2013 8:43:59 PM

  17. Pass me the vodka, Ivan. I think the martians are landing.

    Posted by: Joe in Ct | Aug 21, 2013 11:30:04 PM

  18. Sillies!...the gigantic hovercraft was armed with a super-secret, military gaydar that involuntarily guided it towards the LGBTQI peeps on the beach. Where's a shirtless, beached Putin when you need him?

    Posted by: Koskalaka Maricón | Aug 22, 2013 6:44:38 PM

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