CAPE TOWN, November 24. / TASS /. The Russian Northern Fleet’s guided-missile cruiser, Marshal Ustinov, made a stopover in Cape Town harbor on Sunday and was greeted by fireworks from the South African Navy.
Citizens and tourists, as well as foreign journalists, came to the central quay to welcome the Russian ship visiting this strategic city, where the Indian and Atlantic oceans meet.
“For us, the call of a Russian guided-missile cruiser and escort ships in Cape Town is a great honor,” South African Navy spokesman 3rd Row Captain Greyling told TASS. van den Berg.
The Russian task force, made up of the guided-missile cruiser Marshal Ustinov, the medium tanker Vyazma and the rescue tug SB-406, will participate in the first joint exercises with the South African and Chinese navies. The exercises will also include the South African frigate Amatola and support ship Drakensberg, as well as China’s project 054A guided missile frigate Weifang.
The exercises will begin Monday and end on November 30. The crews will train in the planning and stages of joint operations at sea off the Cape of Good Hope, Africa’s most southwestern point.
In October, two Russian Aerospace Forces Tu-160 strategic bombers arrived in the Republic of South Africa for the first time. The Russian military organized a seminar and a series of meetings on a wide range of issues, including the training of pilots.