Soviet warships have made their first courtesy visit to a Turkish port for nearly 40 years.
GV Russian ships ins background with Russian sailors and launch at quayside.
GV Russian Dzerzhinsky cruiser. (2 SHOTS)
LV Troops and armoured car on quayside with Turkish troops patrolling the area.
GV Reshitelny Destroyer. (2 SHOTS)
GV Cruiser and Destroyer in harbour.
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Background: Soviet warships have made their first courtesy visit to a Turkish port for nearly 40 years.
SYNOPSIS: The warships arrived in the Bosphorus and dropped anchor at the openings of Dolmabahce on Thursday (16 November). One of them is the 28 thousand tonne Cruiser, Dzerhinsky. As it arrived it fired a 21-gun salute which was returned by Turkish forces. The ships are under the command of Vice Admiral Nikolai Ivanovich Khovrin who is Commander in Chief of the Soviet Black Sea Fleet. Russian sailors set up security forces on shore and Turkish troops watched the security personnel.
The other Russian ship is the Kashin Class Destroyer, Reshitelny of five and a half thousand tonnes. There are nearly 12 hundred officers and crew on board the ships together with one hundred and 50 students. Russian ships are frequently seen passing through the Straits on their way to and from the Mediterranean but the last time a Soviet ship dropped anchor was on the death of the Turkish leader Mustafa Kemal Ataturk in 1938.