As a part of carrying out operations in the Asia-Pacific region, two Russian Navy warships have arrived in Sri Lanka, the Russian Pacific Fleet spokesman said on Monday.
The warships – Admiral Tributs and Admiral Vinogradov are Udaloy-class anti-submarine guided-missile destroyers. Seven such destroyers are currently in service with the Russian Navy’s Northern and Pacific fleets.
The warships arrived at the Sri Lankan port of Hambantota, for a business call- and are set to replenish water and fuel supplies.
“Today, in accordance with the long voyage plan, a detachment of the Pacific Fleet warships consisting of the large anti-submarine ships Admiral Tributs and Admiral Vinogradov, and large sea tanker Boris Butoma arrived on a business call at the port of Hambantota on the southern coast of Sri Lanka,” said Nikolai Voskresensky, the spokesperson of Pacific Fleet.
According to reports, the detachment left Vladivostok on 1 August for the long voyage aimed at carrying out missions in the Asia-Pacific region for more than two months. Similar visits of Russian Warships to Sri Lanka have also happened before. In this year, two warships- ‘Yaroslav Mudry’ and ‘Victor Konetsky’ of the Baltic Fleet arrived at the port of Colombo on a three-day goodwill visit in March.