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Russian Navy fleet on goodwill visit to Vietnam

Thursday, January 07, 2016, 11:00 GMT+7

A fleet of three Russian Navy ships led by Rear Admiral Yuldashev Aleksandr Yurevich arrived at Tien Sa Port in the central city of Da Nang on Wednesday, commencing their goodwill visit to the Vietnamese locality.

The Russian fleet consists of the destroyer Bystry, the large ocean tanker Boris Butoma and the salvage tug Altau, carrying over 315 naval officers and sailors.

The visitors were warmly welcomed by a delegation of representatives from the Naval Region 3, the Ministry of National Defense, the Border Guard Command, the Da Nang Military Command and the municipal Department of External Affairs, along with Russian Ambassador to Vietnam Konstantin Vasilievich Vnukov, according to the Vietnam News Agency.

During the visit that will conclude on January 9, leaders of the Russian fleet are slated to lay a wreath at the city’s memorial to heroic martyrs, and meet with senior officials of the municipal People’s Committee and the High Command of Military Region 5 and Naval Region 3.

The Russian naval officers and sailors will also pay a visit to locally famous sites and participate in friendly sports competitions with their counterparts from the Naval Region 3.

The Bystry is a Sovremennyy-class destroyer which specializes in attacking enemy warships and providing sea and air defense, with a total capacity of up to 7,940 metric tons.

The vessel, which is 156 meters long and 17.3 meters wide, can travel at the average velocity of 62kph within 14,000 nautical miles.

The destroyer is equipped with anti-warship weaponry, including two AK-130 guns, eight supersonic missiles Moskit, as well as 48 missiles, two launchers and four AK-630 guns for air defense. 

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