MOSCOW, May 2 (Itar-Tass) —— The Russian Northern Fleet's large anti-submarine ship Vice-Admiral Kulakov called at the port of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on Wednesday, the fleet's official spokesman Vadim Serga told Itar-Tass.
The visit will last till May 5, he said. During the stay, the stores will be replenished, and the crew will have time to rest and go ashore.
After the visit, the ship will join the Black Sea Fleet's vessels in the Red Sea. Then, the Russian Navy’s group of ships will head for the Gulf of Aden to guard civil shipping.
The Vice-Admiral Kulakov left the Northern Fleet's main base – Severomorsk – on April 6 and headed for the Mediterranean Sea. The warship heads the Russian Navy's group formed for the international operation to fight piracy in the Gulf of Aden. The group also includes support ships of the Black Sea Fleet – the tanker Ivan Bubnov and the tugboat MB-304.
During the trip of more than 5,500 nautical miles, the ship called at two ports – Spain's Ceuta and Greece's Souda. In Greece, Russian sailors visited the multi-national centre of training for special sea operations, where they exchanged anti-piracy operation experience with foreign colleagues and had practical training, Serga said.
On April 29, in the Russian naval group formed in the Mediterranean Sea, the Vice-Admiral Kulakov came through the Suez Canal to the Red Sea.