The Soviet Navy paid its first visit to Britain for 20 years on Friday (28 May) with the arrival in Portsmouth of the guided missile destroyer Obraztsovy.
GV Russian destroyer pulling into Portsmouth harbour
MV Officials on dockside
GV Russian destroyer into port (2 shots)
SV Radar and other equipment (2 shots)
SV & CU Sailors on deck (3 shots)
SV Gangplank being lowered
SV PAN Capt. John Omanney walks aboard and is greeted by Admiral Leonenkov (2 shots)
GV EXT Demonstrators (3 shots)
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Background: The Soviet Navy paid its first visit to Britain for 20 years on Friday (28 May) with the arrival in Portsmouth of the guided missile destroyer Obraztsovy.
The visit marks a new stage in the warming of Anglo-Soviet relations from a low point in September 1971, when the then Conservative government expelled 105 Soviet diplomats and officials.
The last Soviet naval visit to Britain was in April 1956. It was marred by the disappearance of a British frogman, Commander Lionel Crabb, in the harbour near the three soviet ships which brought the late soviet leaders Nikita Khrushchev and Nikolai Bulganin to Britain.
Until next Tuesday (1 June), the 353 officers and men of the 5,200-ton Obraztsovy will be guests of the Royal Navy at a series of official, social and sporting functions.
Welcoming newsmen on board the destroyer, Senior Soviet officer Vice-Admiral Vladimir Leonenkov, who commands the Leningrad Maritime district, stressed his country's desire for friendly links with Britain. He recalled that the two navies fought together against fascism during World War Two.
About 150 people from the Women's Campaign for Soviet Jewry and a handful of the youth branch of Britain's opposition Liberal Party, demonstrated against alleged Soviet repression of civil liberties as Obraztsovy sailed into Portsmouth harbour.
Three launches containing Jewish protestors and one manned by young Liberals were kept away by Police boats.
A Jewish Women's Campaign spokeswomen said the group planned a series of peaceful protests throughout the visit.