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Russian warships to return home from Atlantic, Mediterranean tour

RIA Novosti

27/02/2009 14:58 MURMANSK, February 27 (RIA Novosti) - A group of warships from Russia's Northern Fleet is to return to its main base in north Russia on March 2 after a tour-of-duty in the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, the fleet's press service said Friday.

The Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier and the Nikolai Chiker salvage tug conducted a three-month sortie in the Northern Atlantic and the Mediterranean, while the Admiral Chabanenko took part in a tour in the Caribbean together with the Pyotr Veliky nuclear-powered missile cruiser.

"A reception ceremony for the Admiral Chabanenko will be held in Severomorsk on March 2," a Northern Fleet official said, adding that the Admiral Kuznetsov and the Nikolai Chiker would arrive earlier on the same day.

The official said the Pyotr Veliky missile cruiser and the Admiral Levchenko destroyer from the Northern Fleet were continuing their tour-of-duty in the Mediterranean.

Russia announced in December 2007 that its Navy had resumed and would build up a constant presence throughout the world's oceans.

The Admiral Vinogradov destroyer from Russia's Pacific Fleet is currently on a mission to escort commercial ships through the piracy-ridden waters around the Horn of Africa.

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