Oct 04, Trincomalee: Sri Lanka Navy, in accordance with naval traditions, ceremonially welcomed two Russian naval ships arrived at the Port of Trincomalee Friday.
Two Russian Naval Ships, "Varyag" and "Boris Butoma", arrived at the port of Trincomalee on 04th October 2013 on a goodwill visit.
Varyag, a guard missile cruiser, is 187 meters in length and has a displacement of 9,360 tons. It carries a complement of 529 naval personnel that include 65 officers and 464 sailors. The ship is commanded by Captain 1st Rank Alexander V. Potapov.
The 162-meter Boris Butoma is a replenishment vessel with a displacement of 24,450 tons and a crew of 75 seamen. The ship is commanded by Mr. Sergey A. Bondar.
The ships belong to the Pacific Fleet of the Russian Navy and are sailing under the command of Captain 1st Rank Igor V. Symolyak.
The ships will stay in Sri Lanka till 08th October. The crew members during their stay in the country are scheduled to take part in a special programme arranged by the Sri Lanka Navy to enhance the friendly relations between the two navies.