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Russian warships head across Atlantic
Russia Today, September 23, 2008, 2:40
For the first time in modern history, a Russian naval squadron is making
its way towards Latin America. The nuclear-powered cruiser 'Peter the
Great', an anti-submarine ship and two support vessels will sail from
the Arctic to the Caribbean to take part in joint manoeuvres with
After covering 15,000 nautical miles, in November the ships will
perform several combat training tasks, including missile and artillery
exercises. The exercises will give the ships an opportunity to showcase
their advanced weaponry, and test out the new technology in a realistic
The Russian Navy says the drill is long planned and has no political
Throughout the entire two-month mission, the 'Peter the Great' will not
enter a single harbour. Itís the only warship in the world capable of
going without docking for this length of time.
"The Russian fleet is now extending its activity. We are not going to
demonstrate any aggressive intentions. The fleet has always been and
always will be a deterrent," said Igor Dygalo, a Navy spokesman.
The Caribbean voyage comes just days after two Russian bombers visited
Venezuela for training flights.
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