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Practical training on underwater driving of T-72B3 tanks with tankmen from the army corps of the Baltic Fleet was held at a specialized water center near the town of Gusev in the Kaliningrad region.

Previously, the crews had to equip combat vehicles with special air ducts, then before diving the tank was “soaked” – lowered into the water on a winch and checked for leaks, this is one of the important elements of preparing a tank to overcome a water obstacle. After that, the driver-mechanics, in turn, as part of the crew, overcame a water barrier up to 5 meters deep, guided by instruments and avoiding stops and sharp turns. The main difficulty in performing special exercises was to control a combat vehicle without shifting gears.

When passing a water obstacle, the tankers were equipped with individual rescue equipment and insulating gas masks necessary for the evacuation of the crew in the event of a tank stop.

Also, the tankers worked out actions during the flooding of a combat vehicle, using self-contained breathing apparatus, which allow them to spend up to 120 minutes under water. Before being allowed to drive, the crew members underwent diving training without fail.

In turn, the servicemen of technical units dealt with issues related to the evacuation of a tank from under the water in the event of an emergency situation.

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