Russian warship unit docks in central Vietnam

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A unit of warships belonging to the Russian Pacific Fleet arrived at the central city of Da Nang Saturday, starting a five-day visit on the 66th anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany (May 9).


The city's authorities, the Ministry of National Defense's diplomatic department, and the High Command of Vietnam People's Navy among other agencies attended a ceremony welcoming 461 Russian officers and crew members.


During their stay, Russian sailors will visit cultural heritage sites in Da Nang as well as the central region and play friendly football and volleyball matches against teams from Vietnamese military forces.


Local residents will be allowed to visit the Russian ships belonging to a task force, including ASW ship Admiral Vinogradov, tanker Pechenga, and salvage tug SB-522.


The task force, headed by Capt. Kovalev Ivan Alexandrovich, is visiting Vietnam on its way home after completing an anti-piracy mission off the Horn of Africa.


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