Five naval vessels from the Russian Pacific Fleet dropped anchor at the Manila South Harbor on Tuesday, Nov. 16, for a port visit.
The Russian navy contingent is comprised of corvette Gremyashchiy (337), two Kilo-class submarines identified as Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky (B274) and Volkhov (B603), tanker Pechenga, and support vessel Alatau.
“The arrival of the Russian contingent in the country and the accommodation and support being extended to them underscores the promotion of peace, stability, and maritime cooperation in the region,” said Philippine Navy (PN) spokesperson Commander Benjo Negranza.
The Russian vessels’ visit to the country was intended for a routine port replenishment and rest for its crew.
The squadron was formerly part of the Russian Navy’s Baltic Fleet and en route to the Pacific Fleet for its new deployment, according to reports.
The PN has yet to confirm how long the Russian vessels will stay in Manila.