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Russian marines stationed in Far East get trained in dog-sledding

March 21, 2017, 8:55 UTC+3 VLADIVOSTOK

By 2018, the marines hope to be ready for the longest annual dogsled race in Eurasia

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VLADIVOSTOK, March 21. /TASS/. Marines of Russia’s Pacific Fleet stationed in Kamchatka have begun to get training in how to drive dogsleds - a skill that is destined to help them on missions in the Arctic areas, Vadim Matveyev, a spokesman for the Pacific Fleet told TASS on Tuesday.

"Soldiers of the Pacific Fleet’s Marine Brigade have had a scheduled training session in how to drive dogsleds and snowmobiles," he said. "It was held at a sledge-drawing dog breeding nursery near Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky (the administrative center of the Kamchatka region - TASS). Local mushers instructed them how to use the types of transport traditional for indigenous peoples of the North."

The Marines got acquainted with the construction of a dogsled, the techniques of coupling the sleds and harnessing the dogs, and the specific regulations for maintenance and training of the dogs, Matveyev added.

In 2018, Kamchatka Marines hope to take part in the Berengiya annual dogsled race, the longest in Eurasia.

Earlier reports said skills of deer and dogs driving teams had been used in the training programs for reconnoiters of the Russian North Fleet’s separate mechanized infantry brigade, which is deployed in the Arctic.

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