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Russian warships complete visit to Vietnam, head to Vladivostok

A Pacific Fleet task force led by the Admiral Vinogradov destroyer has completed a friendly visit to Vietnam and is now heading for the Far Eastern port of Vladivostok.

The Admiral Vinogradov destroyer, accompanied by a salvage tug and the Pechenga tanker, has paid a friendly visit to the Vietnamese port city of Da Nang while returning from an anti-piracy mission in the Gulf of Aden.

“The departure ceremony in Da Nang ended at 6 am Moscow time [2:00 GMT] on Wednesday, and the task force, headed home,” a spokesman for the Pacific Fleet said.

During its four-month anti-piracy mission, which ended on April 17, the ship escorted 14 convoys of civil vessels through pirate-infested waters off the Horn of Africa.

The Russian Navy has maintained a presence off the Horn of Africa since October 2008, with warships operating on a rotation basis.


VLADIVOSTOK, May 11 (RIA Novosti)

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