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Russian warship visits Oman port

RIA Novosti

18:02 23/08/2010 MOSCOW, August 23 (RIA Novosti) - The flagship of Russia's Black Sea Fleet, the RFS Moskva guided-missile cruiser, has completed a business visit to Oman's port of Salalah, a fleet spokesman said on Monday.

The Russian warship replenished its water and fuel supplies and continued its passage from Vladivostok to Sevastopol, Capt. 1st Rank Vyacheslav Trukhachev said.

Cruiser commanders Capt. 1st Rank Igor Smolyak and Capt. 1st Rank Sergei Tronev paid a visit to Governor of Dhofar Governorate Sheikh Muhammad bin Marhun al-Maamari at his invitation.

"We have great respect for Russia," al-Maamari said, paying tribute to Russia's contribution to the fight against sea piracy off the Horn of Africa.

He said he hoped the problem would soon be resolved through concerted efforts by Russia and other countries.

The RFS Moskva is currently on its way back to its base in the Ukrainian port of Sevastopol. It set off from the port of Vladivostok in Russia's Far East on July 21.

In Vladivostok, the ship took part in Russia's Vostok 2010 military drills jointly with the flagship of the Northern Fleet, the RFS Pyotr Veliky nuclear-powered guided-missile cruiser, and the flagship of the Pacific Fleet, the RFS Varyag guided-missile cruiser.

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