VLADIVOSTOK, January 11. /TASS/. The Pacific Fleet’s ship group ended on Friday its visit to the port of Manila, Philippines, where it had arrived on January 6, according to the Department of Information Support of the Press Service of the Eastern Military District for the Pacific Fleet.
"Today, a group of Pacific Fleet ships including the Order of Nakhimov Guards missile cruiser Varyag, the large anti-submarine ship Admiral Panteleyev and the large sea tanker Boris Butoma, has ended its call to the port of Manila (Philippines), where it had arrived on January 6. During the visit, the Pacific Fleet naval group’s command met with representatives for the Philippine Navy and the Russian ambassador to the Philippines," the report says.
During the call the Russian servicemen had a tour around the city’s places of interest. The sailors held several friendly football and volleyball matches with Philippine sailors and competed in tug of war.
The group of Pacific Fleet ships under the command of Chief of Staff of the Pacific Fleet’s Submarine Forces Rear Admiral Eduard Mikhailov embarked on a long voyage on October 1, 2018. The main goal of the voyage was the demonstration of St. Andrews’s flag in the Asian-Pacific region and the subsequent development of naval cooperation with the Pacific Rim countries. During this time the sailors called on ports in Sri Lanka, Japan, South Korea, Brunei, Singapore, China and India, as well as took part in the Russian-Indian military exercise "Indra Navy 2018.".