Russian warships visit Sri Lanka, head to Gulf of Aden
VLADIVOSTOK, December 11 (RIA Novosti) - A Pacific Fleet's task force led by the Admiral Vinogradov destroyer will complete on Saturday a three-day visit to Sri Lanka and head to the Gulf of Aden to fight sea piracy in the region.
The visit to the port of Colombo coincided with the 60th anniversary of Sri Lanka's Navy.
"During the friendly stay the Russian sailors visited the mayor's office and several military facilities," a spokesman for Russia's Pacific Fleet said.
The Admiral Vinogradov destroyer is accompanied on the current mission by a salvage tug and the Pechenga tanker.
The task force is to replace the naval group led by Northern Fleet's Admiral Levchenko Udaloy class guided-missile destroyer. The group, which also includes the Olekma tanker and the SB-36 tugboat of Russia's Black Sea Fleet, arrived in the Gulf of Aden on July 3.
The Russian Navy has maintained a presence off the Horn of Africa since October 2008, with warships operating on a rotation basis.