Russian warship arrives at Portsmouth Naval Base

The RFS Vice Admiral Kulakov enters Portsmouth harbour ahead of her visit to the city.
The RFS Vice Admiral Kulakov enters Portsmouth harbour ahead of her visit to the city.
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THE Russian Navy warship RFS Vice Admiral Kulakov began her four-day visit to Portsmouth today.

The warship and her 300 crew are visiting Portsmouth at the invitation of the British government as a part of its programme of bilateral naval co-operation.

This year, reciprocal visits have been made by HMS York and patrol boats from University Royal Naval Units.

Lieutenant Commander John Webb, who has helped to organise the visit, said: ‘We know that the ship’s company are looking forward to visiting Portsmouth and to sharing their experiences with Royal Navy personnel.’

On Saturday, representatives from the ship will lay a wreath in tribute to British sailors who served in the Arctic Convoys during the Second World War. The missions kept the Soviet Union fighting in the war.

The vessel, which recently took part in anti-piracy patrols off Somalia, is scheduled to depart from the naval base at 10am on Tuesday.

The anti-submarine destroyer will be open to the public between midday and 4pm on Sunday. Access to the ship can be gained via Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Entry is free.