Russian military flotilla arrives in Cuba on courtesy visit

Source: Xinhua| 2019-06-25 11:08:35|Editor: Wu Qin
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HAVANA, June 24 (Xinhua) -- A flotilla comprising Russia's most modern warship and its escorts arrived here on Monday for a two-day courtesy visit to further strengthen bilateral military ties.

Upon entering the Bay of Havana, the missile frigate Admiral Gorshkov greeted the nation with 21 artillery shots which were reciprocated by a battery of the Revolutionary Armed Forces (FAR) of Cuba from the nearby San Carlos de la Cabana fortress.

According to local media, the Russian sailors will have several activities to attend that include courtesy visits to Cuba's Revolutionary Navy chief and places of historical and cultural interest.

The frigate Admiral Gorshkov belongs to the new generation of Russian warships, equipped with the 130 mm caliber A-192 Armat artillery system, with a speed of 30 rounds per minute and a range of up to 22 km.

The Northern Fleet's naval group departed from the Arctic port of Severomorsk for its long-distance voyage on Feb. 26, according to Russian media.

Its journey included stops in Djibouti and Sri Lanka before visiting China in April, where Admiral Gorshkov took part in a major naval parade marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy.

This military frigate entered service in July 2018 and is one of the first to carry Russia's Poliment-Redut air defense system, which consists of the Poliment phased array radar and the Redut surface-to-air missile system, a navalized version of the ground-based S-350.