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‘Friendly visit’: Russian warships dock in Cuba (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Published time: August 03, 2013 22:04

The "Moskva" Russian guide missile cruiser moors at Havana's harbour, on August 3, 2013.(AFP Photo / Adalberto Roque)

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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.

Vintage US-made cars pass by as Cubans watcht the "Moskva" Russian guide missile cruiser arriving at Havana's harbour, on August 3, 2013.(AFP Photo / Adalberto Roque)

Cubans watch as the "Moskva" Russian guide missile cruiser (R) and destroyer " Vice Admiral Kulakov" (L) moor at Havana's harbour, on August 3, 2013.(AFP Photo / Adalberto Roque)

Cubans watch as the "Moskva" Russian guide missile cruiser moors at Havana's harbour, on August 3, 2013. (AFP Photo / Adalberto Roque)

A vintage US-made car passes by as Cubans wave at the "Moskva" Russian guide missile cruiser arriving at Havana's harbour, on August 3, 2013.(AFP Photo / Adalberto Roque)

Russian cruiser "Moskva" arrives at Havana Harbor in Cuba August 3, 2013.(Reuters / Enrique De La Osa)

The Russian cruiser "Moskva" enters Havana Harbor in Havana August 3, 2013.(Reuters / Stringer)

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