NAVY NEWS, SEPTEMBER 1990 INVINCIBLE WELCOMES 'IRREPROACHABLE'
j ,,„; of ilie North Fleet Squadron entertain sailors from the Bezuprechny and HMS intincible at a barbecue at South Railway Jetty, Portsmouth.
The Sovremenny Class destroyer, the Bezuprechny, arrives in Portsmouth for her five-day goodwill visit.
EAST met west in Portsmouth for the first time in 14 years when the Russian warship Bezuprechny (Irreproachable) arrived on a five-day goodwill visit.
invited to spend a day with the Fleet Air Arm at RN air station Yeovilton where they were given the opportunity to take a look at modern naval aircraft together with some of the older ones during a tour of Royal Navy's Historic Flight and the Fleet Air Arm Museum. An afternoon of sporting action was arranged at HMS Sultan, the School of Marine Engineering at Gosport, where teams from the destroyer were invited to take part in football and volleyball matches. Honours were even at the end of the day
Museum at Portsmouth naval base and there were sightseeing tours of London and Wind- sor as well as a trip to the Royat Tournament. A group of officers and ratings were also
Capt. Robin Bradley presents sailors from the Bezuprechny with souvenirs of their sporting visit to HMS Sultan.
and at a barbecue, held in honour of the Sovi- et visitors, the captain of HMS Sultan, Capt. Robin Bradley, presented each of them with a commemorative mug.
yer was welcomed by her host ship, the car- rier HMS Invincible, and the spirit of glasnost was much in evidence during a series of events organised for the Bezuprechny's 370 officers and ratings. Visits were made to HMS Victory and the RN
The 6,000 tonne Sovremenny Class destro-
Caps off to Soviet visit!
During the Bezuprechny's stay four members of the North Russia Club and one from the Russian Convoy Club, together with their wives, visited the destroyer.
ern Fleet Squadron Commander, had pre- viously extended an invitation to visit the ship during the club's recent reunion trip to Mur- mansk and he was on hand to welcome them on board the Bezuprechny.
Rear Admiral Vasily Yeremin, Soviet North-
Yeremin presented Mr. Bill Weeks, of the North Russia Club, with a plaque which fea- tured a polished shell from a Bofors gun filled with earth from one of the graves at a ceme- tery at Murmansk where sailors from the Roy- al and Merchant Navies are buried.
ed with a concert given by the band and dancers of the Soviet Northern Fleet Squadron on the flight deck of HMS Invincible after which she left Portsmouth for her home port of Sevremorsk on the Kola peninsula.
The Bezuprechny's five-day visit culminat-
Pictures by LA(Phot) Allen, HMS Invincible and PO(Phoi) Slu Antrobus.
After a tour of the ship Rear Admiral
Members of the ship's company of the Bezuprechny on parade ready to welcome the First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Julian Oswald.
Take Courage my friend — that's the message from AB(R) John Brennan, of HMS Invincible, to Soviet Seaman Andray.
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