MURMANSK, October 24. /TASS/. The crew of the Russian Northern Fleet’s large anti-submarine warfare ship Severomorsk has completed its business call at the port of Antsiranana in the Republic of Madagascar and continued accomplishing planned long-distance voyage missions in the Indian Ocean, the Fleet’s press office reported on Wednesday.
"The Russian sailors’ business call at the port of Antsiranana lasted four days from October 21," the press office said.
Over this period, the large anti-submarine warfare ship Severomorsk was visited by Russia’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Madagascar and the Union of the Comoros Stanislav Akhmedov, high-placed heads of the Madagascar armed forces and also by local residents.
The large anti-submarine warfare ship made a business call at Madagascar in accordance with the plan of the Russian Defense Ministry’s international military cooperation. The Severomorsk earlier called at the ports of Algiers (Algeria), Victoria (the Seychelles) and Pemba (Mozambique).
The warship has been on a voyage in distant waters since it left its naval base of Severomorsk on July 5. Jointly with the missile cruiser Marshal Ustinov, the large anti-submarine warfare ship Severomorsk took part in Russia’s Main Naval Parade in the Kronshtadt roadstead and subsequently in Russia’s inter-fleet drills in the Baltic and Mediterranean Seas.
The warship has been in the Indian Ocean since the second half of September. It has covered a distance of over 19,000 nautical miles.