Thursday, November 19, 2009

Russian missile cruiser leaves Singapore




task force from the Russian Pacific Fleet led by the missile cruiser Varyag has left Singapore and is currently on its way to Vladivostok, the fleet's spokesman said on Tuesday.The group, which set out from the Russian Far East port on October 27 on a month-long tour-of-duty, also includes the Fotiy Krylov salvage tug and the Pechenga tanker. It arrived in Singapore on November 11.

A naval infantry unit, an air support group and a number of naval cadets are on board the cruiser.Russian President Dmitry Medvedev visited the ship on Monday during his visit to Singapore.Varyag is a Slava-class missile cruiser, which entered service with the Pacific Fleet in 1990.

In April this year the warship led a group of 21 foreign naval vessels participating in a parade to mark the 60th anniversary of China's Navy off the coast of the eastern city of Qingdao.The Fotiy Krylov and the Pechenga were part of a naval task force from the Pacific Fleet led by the Admiral Vinogradov destroyer which participated in international anti-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden in January-March this year.

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