Russia, U.S. Hold Joint Naval Exercises in Russia’s Far East

MOSNEWS | July 5 2005

Russian and U.S. navy units are holding combined exercises in Peter the Great Bay near the Far East city of Vladivostok, Russia, RIA Novosti reported.

The exercise, set to finish later on Tuesday, is the final part of a visit by a group of U.S. ships to Vladivostok.

The U.S. destroyer Curtis Wilber, and minesweepers Patriot and Guardian are taking part in the exercises. Russia is represented by the Admiral Vinogradov guided missile frigate and two minesweepers.

The U.S. vessels arrived in Vladivostok, the Pacific Fleet’s main base, on July 1. U.S. sailors took part in celebrations of the city’s 145th anniversary, which coincided with U.S. Independence Day.

A delegation of U.S. military officials paid visits to Russia’s Pacific Fleet commanders and the city administration and laid a wreath at the city’s Eternal Flame, RIA Novosti added.

U.S. sailors also took part in sporting events with local navy cadets and were given a tour of Vladivostok.