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Russian Pacific Fleet’s Missile Cruiser Varyag Makes Port Call in Colombo

March 02, Colombo (LNW): The Russian Pacific Fleet’s flagship, the Guards Order of Nakhimov missile cruiser Varyag, has arrived at the port of Colombo in Sri Lanka, as reported by the Fleet’s press office on Friday. The Sri Lanka Navy extended a traditional welcome to the 187-meter-long missile cruiser and its crew of 529 members.

Captain 1st Rank Velichko Anatoly Vasicievich serves as the Flag Officer of the ship, while Captain 2nd Rank Glushakov Roman Nikolaevich is the Commanding Officer. The officers are scheduled to call on Rear Admiral Saman Perera, the Commander Western Naval Area during their stay.

Throughout their visit to Sri Lanka, the crew members of the Varyag are expected to participate in various programs organized by the Sri Lanka Navy, fostering camaraderie and exploring the country’s tourist attractions.

The port call provides an opportunity for the Russian naval ship to replenish water and fuel supplies. The ship’s welcome ceremony was attended by the staff of the Russian embassy in Sri Lanka, officers from the host country’s naval forces, and personnel from the port services.

The Varyag is scheduled to stay at the Colombo port until March 4, after which it will resume its assigned missions as part of its long-distance deployment, according to the press office statement. This visit strengthens diplomatic and naval ties between Russia and Sri Lanka, emphasizing the importance of international cooperation and collaboration in the maritime domain.

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