THE Russian warship RFS Vice Admiral Kulakov arrived at Portsmouth Naval Base yesterday to begin a four-day stay in the city.
The destroyer will be open to the public for free from 12noon to 4pm tomorrow.
Today, the ship’s 300 sailors were due to gather at the cenotaph in Guildhall Square at 12.30pm to pay tribute to the war dead.
A wreath was to be laid and thanks given to the sailors from the Second World War Arctic Convoys which sailed to supply the Soviet Union as it tinkered on the brink of collapse.
The memorial service was due to be attended by war veteran Commander Eddie Grenfell, 92, of Portsea, who is the leader of the campaign for the UK government to award an Arctic medal.