Russian warship to arrive in Brunei

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THREE naval ships from the Russian Pacific Fleet will arrive in the sultanate for the first time on Sunday ahead of a multilateral military exercise co-hosted by Brunei and Singapore.

Vladlen Semivolos, the Russian ambassador to Brunei, said a large anti-submarine warfare ship Admiral Vinogradov together with tanker Irkut and rescue vessel Fotiy Krylov are scheduled to dock in Muara on May 1.

The ships and its crew of almost 500 people will take part in the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM) Plus exercise on maritime security and counter-terrorism.

Besides Russia, the exercise will involve all the ASEAN member states along with Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea and the United States.

The 18 nations will deploy a total of 3,000 personnel, 18 ships, 17 helicopters, two maritime patrol aircraft and their Special Forces. “It is for the first time that Russia sends a warship to visit Brunei and to take part in joint exercises,” said the ambassador in an email interview.

Brunei is co-hosting the exercise with Singapore from May 2 to 12.

The Brunei Times