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ARKHANGELSK, September 11 (Itar-Tass) —— The Russian Northern Fleet’s big anti-submarine ship Vice-Admiral Kulakov returned from a long voyage in Severomorsk after the crossing of the Mediterranean Sea in the Atlantic Ocean. The Northern Fleet’s naval sailors went on an anti-pirate missions ensuring security of the civilian navigation off the Gulf of Aden and the Horn of Africa, spokesman for the Russian Northern Fleet Captain First Rank Vadim Serga told Itar-Tass on Tuesday.
According to a report of Commander of the big submarine chaser Captain First Rank Alexander Mashinetsky, the crew has fulfilled successfully all tasks of the long voyage. A festive welcome ceremony of the warship was held at the main base of the Northern Fleet, Severomorsk. Commander of the Northern Fleet Vice-Admiral Vladimir Korolev was participating in the welcome ceremony.
The warship went on a long voyage on April 6, the crew spent 159 days, passing more than 20,000 nautical miles. “For the period of sailing in a dangerous area for civilian navigation the warship escorted 17 transport vessels of various types under the flags of the Marshall Islands, Malta, Panama, Turkey, Liberia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Saudi Arabia and the Cayman Islands. Russian citizens were on the crew of many vessels,” Serga said. The big anti-submarine ship has made several visits to the ports of the foreign countries, namely Ceuta (Spain), Souda (Greece), Jeddah (Saudi Arabia), Lisbon (Portugal) and two unofficial visits in the ports Portsmouth (Great Britain) and Cork (Ireland).
“During the visits and meetings with their foreign colleagues Russian naval sailors will hold several press briefings to share the experience in the struggle against piracy,” the spokesman said. A successful operation to help a British yachtsman in distress in the Celtic Sea became resounding on the international scale. “The Northern Fleet naval sailors proved once again that they are ready to resolve any tasks in the sea, particularly conduct efficient rescue operations and help all those in trouble,” Serga underlined.