by tocle on October 31st, 2013 - Comments Off
An extremely rare visitor to A&P Falmouth had a few heads turning in the port on Thursday (24 October) when the shipyard welcomed the state-of-the-art Russian warship the Soobrazitelny. The ship is based in Baltiysk and is part of the Russian Baltic Fleet.
The Steregushchy class corvette is the first Russian warship to berth in Falmouth for decades.
The 2,200-ton warship arrived at 9am for a day-long visit before sailing in the evening.
The Soobrazitelny had sailed from Cork, in Ireland, where she helped to celebrate a naval festival, and en route to Falmouth took part in a planned search and rescue exercise with HMS Monmouth.
The purpose of the visit was to replenish fuel and stores, but the ship’s company also took the opportunity to visit Falmouth looking for presents – they were delighted with the town and expressed the hope to return in the future for a longer stay.
Commander Tom Herman, Deputy Naval Regional Commander hosted a lunch of Cornish fare at the Falmouth Hotel, with Captain Oleg Kornienko (Russian Naval Attaché) and Commandor Ivan Elkin (Assistant Naval Attaché) from the Russian Embassy. The ship was represented at the lunch by Captain Igor Osipov and Lt Cdr Vladimir Cherokov. Also in attendance was Peter Child, Managing Director of A&P Falmouth and Falmouth’s Royal Naval Liaison Officer Lt Cdr Mike Lynch (Naval Regional Command Wales & Western England).