Soviet Ships to Visit San Diego
WASHINGTON (AP) _ Two guided missile destroyers and an oiler from the Soviet Navy’s Pacific fleet will visit San Diego as part of the ongoing exchange between the U.S. and Soviet military, the Pentagon said Wednesday.
About 800 members of the Soviet Navy will be aboard the three ships, which will begin their five-day visit at the San Diego Naval Station on July 31, the Pentagon said in a statement.
Adm. Charles R. Larson, commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, will be host to his Soviet counterpart, Adm. Gennadij Alexandrovich Khvatov, commander of the Soviet Pacific Ocean Fleet.
The Soviet ships designated to participate are the guided missile cruisers Adm. Vinogradov and Boyevoy, and the oiler Argun.
Larson and three U.S. Navy ships will visit the Pacific port of Vladivostok in September, the Pentagon said.
Last summer, three Soviet Navy ships visited Norfolk, Va., and U.S. Navy ships visited the Black Sea port of Sevastopol in the first round of the naval exchanges.