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Russian naval ships on anti-piracy duty to call at Seychelles

February 04, 2013, 8:54 UTC+3
The naval ships will stay in Victoria five days, during which the top officers plan to meet with the minister of interior affairs and transport
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VLADIVOSTOK, February 4 (Itar-Tass) – A group of Russian naval ships from the Pacific Fleet that is on anti-piracy duty off the Horn of Africa will call at the capital of Seychelles, Victoria, on Thursday, February 7, the fleet’s press service reported on Monday.

The group of Russian naval ships is led by the destroyer Marshal Shaposhnikov. This will be a business call. The naval ships will stay in Victoria five days, during which the top officers plan to meet with the minister of interior affairs and transport, as well as the command of the Seychelles Armed Forces and city authorities. Seamen from the Marshal Shaposhnikov will hold sports competitions with Seychelles seamen. A sightseeing tour will be organized for the Russian seamen, and they will also take part in an international carnival in Victoria.

Local residents, Russian diplomats and Russians living there will be able to visit the Marshal Shaposhnikov. This will be the third calling at Seychelles for seamen from the Russian Pacific Fleet in the history of modern Russia. Pacific Fleet ships also called at Seychelles in 2009 and in 2011.

After the visit the Russian ships will head for the African coast and will call at the port of Dar Es Salaam.

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