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The Azov Flotilla was formed in July 1941 to support of the Soviet Army troops in defensive operations at the Southern Front as the German forces approached the coast of the Sea of Azov.|
The fleet included gunboats, torpedo boats, several armoured launches, minesweepers, and patrol boats. It was in operation until the Germans finally occupied the western part of the Kuban region. The flotilla lost it bases in the ports of Tempyuk and Anapa and was disbanded in September 1942.
The fleet was reestablished six months later to help landings in Taganrog, Mariupol, and Taman. In December 1943, the flotilla participated in the 40-day long Kerch-Eltigen landing operation which secured a jumping-off place for the liberation of the Crimea.
In April 1944, the fleet formed the basis of the Danube military flotilla which existed up to 1960.