Russian Hovercraft Storms Up Crowded Beach: Why Did Massive Military Vessel Dock In Kaliningrad? [VIDEOS]

By Danny Choy on August 22, 2013 2:12 PM EDT

A Zubr Russian hovercraft docked on a crowded beach. (Photo: Creative Commons)

A Russian hovercraft interrupted a beautiful day at the beach for hundreds of locals at Mechnikovo, Kaliningrad. According to witnesses, the massive hovercraft produced a terrible roar and a massive wake. The gawking beachgoers quickly whipped out their cameras and smartphones to snap photos and capture videos of the unbelievable sight.

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"Witnesses reported a 'terrible roar' and 'big waves' as the 550-tonne war craft charged up the shore," reported the UK Metro.

The giant Russian hovercraft is nothing but the mega Zubr-class military vessel. Measuring 187 feet long, the Zubr Russian hovercraft is also known as the "Bison," weighing 550 tonnes and can carry up to 130 tons of cargo including up to 500 troops. According to NPR, the Zubr-class Russian vessel is the world's largest hovercraft. The Zubr is designed to safely ferry tanks and infantry onto beaches by floating past shallow waters that may be riddled with land mines.

The scenic beach of Mechnikovo, Kaliningrad, is far from the hostile environment that the Zubr is designed to tackle. What caused the massive Russian hovercraft to dock on the crowded beach and terrorize the locals?

According to local news paper Komosomolskaya Pravda, the hovercraft was on a tactical mission.

"Docking at the beach is a normal event. What people were doing at the beach on the territory of a military base is unclear," claimed an irritated Russian military.

Open-mouthed beachgoers were asked to roll up their towels and move on as paratroopers disembarked from the Zubr Russian hovercraftWhat is also unclear is why the Russian hovercraft deployed paratroopers when the vessel only rides on a cushion of air just a couple feet above the water.

Thankfully, nobody was hurt in the startling massive Russian hovercraft encounter.

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