Three Russian ships Admiral Panteleev, Pechenga and SB-522, arrived at the Sri Lankan port of Colombo, on March 28, for replenishment and relaxation.
Admiral Panteleev is an anti-submarine ship commanded by Captain 1st Rank Aleksey V. Antsiferov. Pechenga is a replenishment vessel while SB–522 is a salvage tug. The ships, belonging to the Pacific Fleet of the Russian Navy were ceremonially welcomed by the Sri Lanka Navy in accordance with naval traditions on their arrival.
The Commander of the war ship squadron, Captain 1st Rank Alexander V. Potapov and commanders of the ships accompanied by the Ambassador and the Millitary Attache of the Embassy of the Russia Federation in Sri Lanka paid a courtesy call on the Deputy Area Commander of the Western Naval Area, Commodore Kassapa Paul, at the Western Naval Command Headquarters in Colombo. They held cordial discussions on the matters of mutual interest and exchanged mementos as a gesture of goodwill.
The visiting Russian ships will stay in Sri Lanka until April 1, and the crew members are scheduled to take part in special programs arranged by the Sri Lanka Navy during their stay to enhance the relations between the two navies.
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