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International Army Games 2019 – Seaborne Assault

Chinese Marines crawl under a barbed wire during the International Army Games 2019 Survival Trail [©WH]
The Seaborne Assault event of the 2019 International Army Games has been taking place this week at Baltiysk in Kaliningrad on the Baltic Coast.

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Organised by the Russian Ministry of Defence, this year’s International Army Games consist of 32 separate events, held at training areas and military bases across ten countries, with teams from around 30 nations participating.

Venezuelan service members warm up prior to participating in the Survival Trail – August 8 [©WH]

The Seaborne Assault event, hosted by the People’s Republic of China, is being held in the Kaliningrad Oblast, a Russian exclave on the Baltic Coast between Poland and Lithuania, with teams from China, Iran, Russia and Venezuela taking part. Each team consists of a 24-strong Naval Infantry Platoon (plus reserves and coaches etc.) and both equipment and armament are provided by China. Weapons listed for this event are 5.8mm QBZ-03 Assault Rifles, 5.8mm Light Machine Guns, 7.62mm Sniper Rifles and Type 69 Rocket Propelled Grenades with primary transport being the ZBD-05 Marine Infantry Combat Vehicle. Stages include an Obstacle Course, Survival Trail and Relay Race. Helmets and plate carriers appear to be Russian with EMR camo pattern covers.

The accompanying photographs are © China Military and were taken by Wu Haoyu at the Khmelevka Training Ground at the top of the Baltiysk Peninsula yesterday, 8th August 2019.

Gallery images, from top left to bottom right:-

  • Chinese Marines cheer in huddle prior to participating in the Survival Trail [©WH]
  • Chinese Marines set out for race site during the Survival Trail [©WH]
  • Russian team members sprint toward the finish during the Survival Trail [©WH]
  • Venezuelan team members sprint toward the terminal point during the Survival Trail [©WH]
  • Iranian team members sprint toward the terminal point during the Survival Trail [©WH]
  • Chinese Marines sprint toward the terminal point during the Survival Trail [©WH]
  • Russian team members climb over a steep wall with ropes during the Survival Trail [©WH]
  • Iranian team members climb over a inclined wall with ropes during the Survival Trail [©WH]
  • Venezuelan team members cooperate to climb over a wall obstacle during the Survival Trail [©WH]
  • Chinese Marines take part in the Survival Trail [©WH]
  • A Chinese Marine sniper takes part in the Survival Trail [©WH]
  • Russian team members engage targets in the Survival Trail [©WH]

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See also: Russian International Army Games Underway

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