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MOSCOW, August 6 (Itar-Tass) — The Black Sea Fleet landing ship “Novocherkassk” arrived at the Turkish port of Gulluk on Monday to take part in the Black Sea Naval Cooperation Task Group (BLACKSEAFOR), spokesman for the Black Sea Fleet, Captain I Rank Vyacheslav Trukhachev told Itar-Tass on Monday.
Trukhachev said, “The Russian ship under the command of Captain II Rank Roman Kotlyarov passed through the Bosphorus Strait and arrived at the Turkish port of Gulluk where a Russian representative handed over the BLACKSEAFOR command to Turkey on August 9.”
“In order to take part in the ceremony combat ships of BLACKSEAFOR member-countries and commanders of fleets of all Black Sea countries will arrive in Gulluk. During the stay in Gulluk, an organisational conference on administrative issues will take place. Then commanders of ships will make protocol visits to the city military and civil authorities,” Captain I Rank Trukhachev said.
“Within preparations for the sea gate at BLACKSEAFOR ships equipment is being installed to exchange data during the manoeuvres,” the spokesman said.
According to him, Turkey’s Heybeliada will be the lead ship where the headquarters are located during the manoeuvres. Their participants are to train company sailing, take control over commercial navigation and inspect the ship, as well as to train actions to repel attacks of ships and pinpoints. “BLACKSEAFOR will last till August 24. Ships are planning to visit Trabzon, Turkey, and Novorossiisk,” Trukhachev said.
BLACKSEAFOR was created in Istanbul on April 2, 2001. The Black Sea countries – Bulgaria, Georgia, Russia, Romania, Turkey and Ukraine “express readiness to make contribution to regional security and stability and strengthening good-neighbourly relations” and agreed to form an international ship unit. The purpose is to further strengthen friendship, good relationship and mutual trust between the Black Sea countries.