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Landing Ship Novocherkassk Deploys to Mediterranean

Landing Ship Novocherkassk Deploys to Mediterranean 01.10.2012
Text: Southern Military District Press Service
Photo: Southern Military District Press Service
Having completed preparations for a long-range cruise, Black Sea Fleet (BSF) landing ship Novocherkassk left Sevastopol. Within the next 1.5 months the ship will be stationed in the Mediterranean Sea and pay 7 calls at Greek and Montenegrin ports.

During the farewell ceremony, rector of the St. Nicholas church Father George handed over the icon of St. Feodor Ushakov to the crew and blessed the mariners.

BSF naval band is attached to the crew and will participate in various cultural activities scheduled during the visits to foreign ports.

As is expected, the ship's crew will represent Russian Navy at the traditional "Russian Week" festival to take place on the Corfu and other Ionian islands.

When visiting Pilos, Russian servicemen will attend the festivities of the 185-th anniversary of Navarino Battle. It is also planned to visit Greek port Salonika and Montenegrin port Bar.

There is the BSF marine unit onboard Novocherkassk; it is attached to the crew in order to maintain the ship's security.

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