Three Russian ships “Admiral Panteleev”, “Pechenga” and “SB-522”, arrived at the port of Colombo on 28th March 2015 for replenishment and relaxation of their crews. Admiral Panteleev is an anti-submarine ship commanded by Captain 1st Rank Aleksey V. Antsiferov. Pechenga is a replenishment vessel while SB–522 is a salvage tug. The ships, belonging to the Pacific Fleet of the Russian Navy were ceremonially welcomed by the Sri Lanka Navy in accordance with naval traditions on their arrival.
The Commander of the war ship squadron, Captain 1st Rank Alexander V. Potapov and commanders of the ships accompanied by the Ambassador and the Millitary Attache of the Embassy of the Russia Federation in Sri Lanka paid a courtesy call on the Deputy Area Commander of the Western Naval Area, Commodore Kassapa Paul, at the Western Naval Command Headquarters in Colombo. They held cordial discussions on the matters of mutual interest and exchanged mementos as a gesture of goodwill.
A photo exhibition titled "Soviet Navy and the Great Victory over Fascism in Second World War'' is scheduled to be held on 30th onboard Admiral Panteleev where the Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy , Vice Admiral Jayantha Perera, will be the main guest.
The visiting Russian ships will stay in Sri Lanka till 01st April and the crew members are scheduled to take part in special programs arranged by the Sri Lanka Navy during their stay to enhance the friendly relations between the two navies.