A tip of the beret to Mad Padre’s Man In Dublin for spotting this wonderful story about the Russian Army’s introduction of a new piece of kit, something it claims is it “the only flying chapel on Earth”.

This airmobile chapel is designed to accompany Orthodox priests assigned as chaplains to Russia’s airborne forces. The chapel is apparently slung on the sort of pallet used to transport equipment or armoured vehicles. Besides the icons (including, one presumes, one of St. Michael. the patron saint of airborne soldiers) and the cool steeple at the top, the chapel is also equipped with a diesel generator and other comforts.

Russian chaplains are shown in training for their airborne duties. I must say I am quite jealous.

More can be found at an intriguing blog called Subtopia: A Field Guide To Military Urbanism.