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Five Russian naval ships of the Pacific Fleet arrived at the Port of Colombo today for replenishment and crews’ relaxation. The ships were welcomed by the Sri Lanka Navy in accordance with naval traditions on their arrival. The ships, “Admiral Panteleyev”, “Peresvet”, “Admiral Nevelsky”, “Fotiy Krylov” and “Pechenga”, are on their way from the Mediterranean to their home port in Vladivostok.

“Admiral Panteleyev” is an anti-submarine ship commanded by Captain 1st Rank Oleg V. Puzin. It is 162 meters in length. It has a displacement of 7,595 tons and a complement of 92 officers and 336 seamen onboard.

“Admiral Nevelsky” and “Peresvet” are landing ships commanded by Captain 2nd Rank Igor A. Akulov and Captain 3rd Rank Oleg V. Potapov respectively. Each is 112 meters in length and has a displacement of 4,000 tons. “Admiral Nevelsky” has a complement of 24 officers and 115 seamen while “Peresvet” has a complement of 28 officers and 117 seamen onboard.

 “Fotiy Krylov” is a salvage tug commanded by Alexander A. Smirnov. It is 98 meters in length. It has a displacement of 7,542 tons and a complement of 04 officers, 13 seamen and 48 sailors onboard.

“Pechenga” is a replenishment vessel commanded by Vasily M. Shylyaev. It is 130 meters in length. It has a displacement of 11,140 tons and a complement of 03 officers, 10 seamen and 49 sailors onboard.

The ships' visit is significant for several reasons. The visit of ships of the Russian Pacific Fleet is taking place after several years and is an indication of the Russian naval interest in the region. Further, the transit also signifies the Sri Lanka’s     geo-strategic location in the Indian Ocean as a Maritime Hub for ships traversing from Far West to Far East. Incidentally, the Sri Lanka Navy under the aegis of the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development is conducting the annual maritime conference in Galle during the same period. The theme of this year’s international gathering is “Emerging Maritime Trends in the Indian Ocean”. Russian Mission Commander of the fleet, Captain 1st Rank Maxim S. Alalykin is attending the Galle Dialogue 2013 during the same period.

Such interactions improve the bilateral relations and also enhance the mutual cooperation of the navies. The ships' crew will be engaging in such friendly exchanges as our forefathers had done many centuries ago with traders and travelers who came from East and West whilst cruising on the sea-based Silk Route. (Navy.lk)
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  • Spiky Monday, 25 November 2013 03:07 AM

    Hooray! have they brought us any budget relief.

    Fayad Monday, 25 November 2013 03:15 AM

    Indians miss opportunities are capitalized by China & Russia

    Bushel Perera Sunday, 24 November 2013 12:14 PM

    Hey David, how about an international investigation?

    Cobra Sunday, 24 November 2013 01:16 PM

    If they haven't brought us any relief which our King denies, who cares!!!

    Haka Haka Monday, 25 November 2013 03:40 AM

    Birds of one feather flock together.

    nalaka Monday, 25 November 2013 03:48 AM

    by march all fake stories of diaspora will come out

    Vic Sunday, 24 November 2013 02:38 PM

    That will be for March.

    wimkula Tuesday, 26 November 2013 09:24 AM

    Why five,more the merrier,Sri Lanka needs more from Russia and China and not from the big crafty neighbour.

    C.K.Lankaputhra Monday, 25 November 2013 12:27 AM

    China and Russia, China and Russia, China and Russia. Who else.

    ANTON Monday, 25 November 2013 01:52 AM

    FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE

    Shandy Monday, 25 November 2013 01:58 AM

    Why no visit Trinco as well. You can stay there during winter.

    shannnn Monday, 25 November 2013 02:27 AM

    idiot

    abeyro Monday, 25 November 2013 02:55 AM

    FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE

    abeyro Monday, 25 November 2013 03:01 AM

    "From Russia With Love". Will David Cameron send his James Bond to inquire?


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