The Russian Navy´s Ropucha class landing ship Aleksandr Shabalin (hull number 110) passed Helsingborg/Helsingør on its way northwards today at 10.45AM. The ships AIS transmitter was turned off, so it was not possible to find out where it was going.
The Aleksandr Shabulin is one of the 28 ships of this type commissioned by the Soviet Navy from 1975 to 1991.
Wikipedia has some more information about the Ropucha class of landing ships:
|Type:||Landing Ship Tank|
|Displacement:||2,200 tons standard|
4,080 tons full load
|Propulsion:||2 diesel engines; 2 propellers, 19,200 hp|
|Speed:||18 knots (33 km/h)|
|Range:||6,100 nm at 15 knots (28 km/h)|
|Capacity:||10 main battle tanks and 200 troops or 12 BTR and 340 troops or 3 main battle tanks, 3 2S9 «Nona-S», 5 MT-LB, 4 army trucks and 313 troops or 500 tons of cargo|
|Armament:||2* 2*57 mm AK-725 guns (Ropucha I)|
1* 76 mm AK-176 (Ropucha II)
2* 30*122 mm rocket launcher A-215 Grad-M
Strela 2(SA-N-5) surface-to-air missile system(4 launchers)
2* 30 mm 30AK-6 air defence gun(2 six-barreled gatling mounts
There have recently been news reports about Russian plans to send landing ships to Syria, where Russia has a naval base:
A day passed and another seemingly reliable daily, quoting "two sources in Russia's power ministries," reported that the Navy and "other power departments" were preparing for "a campaign in Syria".
Plans were being prepared for a possible deployment of troops to help evacuate Russian military personnel and citizens from the naval base in Tartus and from Syria in general. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is quoted as putting the number of Russian citizens and members of families of Russian women married to Syrians at some 100,000.