A surface combatant squadron of the Russian Navy arrived in Cuba on Saturday for the first time in four years. The Cuban government announced the fleet was there for a “friendly visit.”
The unit consists of the
flagship of the Black Sea Fleet, missile cruiser ‘Moscow’, the
large anti-submarine ship ‘Vice Admiral Kulakov’ of the Northern
Fleet and a number of supply and service ships. The squadron
visited the port of Havana to replenish supplies.
The ships were greeted by an artillery salute, a naval band and a few hundred onlookers as they arrived in the Bay of Havana.
Russian diplomats and the foreign military attaché accredited in Havana paid a visit to the ‘Moscow’ missile cruiser. Tourists will also be able to visit the cruiser on Monday, Cuba's government announced.