​This Ship Got Attacked by a Bayraktar (Photo)

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Photo credits: Rosoboronexport, Operativno ZSU / Collage by Defense Express
Photo credits: Rosoboronexport, Operativno ZSU / Collage by Defense Express

The image that appeared on social media shows the result of an attack of a Ukrainian Bayraktar TB2 combat drone on a russian Serna-class landing ship

The Ukrainian military published this photo on the Operativno ZSU Telegram channel. The huge hole in the vessel’s metal side was made by a strike of a Bayraktar TB2 Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV).

The ship in the photo is a Project 11770 Serna-class landing craft. According to the Ukraine Weapons Tracker, it was a MAM-L munition that managed to damage the vessel this much.

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The photo shows the scale of destruction caused to the vessel by a Bayraktar drone of the Ukrainian Armed Forces / This Ship Got Attacked by a Bayraktar (Photo)
The photo shows the scale of destruction caused to the vessel by a Bayraktar drone of the Ukrainian Armed Forces / Photo credit: Operativno ZSU

Presumably, this is the one that got hit in early May. A Ukrainian local official said back then that a Serna-class landing craft was destroyed by the military near Zmiinyi (Snake) Island.

Video from the Bayraktar drone's imager / This Ship Got Attacked by a Bayraktar (Photo)
Video from the Bayraktar drone's imager / Image credit: Serhii Bratchuk, speaker of the Odesa region military administration

Then the Ukrainian General Staff has seen some search-and-rescue operations nearby. Defense Express assumes the photo was taken after the ship had been raised from the bottom of the Black Sea.

A big rescue vessel was spotted near Zmiinyi Island in mid-May / This Ship Got Attacked by a Bayraktar (Photo)
A big rescue vessel was spotted near Zmiinyi Island in mid-May / Photo credit: Maxar Technology
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