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    VLADIVOSTOK, January 12, 2004. /RIA Novosti correspondent Anatoly Ilyukhov/. The Russian sailing frigate Nadezhda (Hope) which is making a round-the-globe voyage has left Tahiti on Monday.

    Nadezhda has left the port of Papeete and headed for the Solomon Islands, the press service of the Admiral Nevelsky Naval State University of Vladivostok told RIA Novosti. The frigate is expected to arrive at the Solomon Islands on January 23.

    After that, she will visit Vietnam, Hong Kong, Southern China, Japan and the Republic of Korea. All in all, the expedition will call at more than 20 sea ports of the world.

    The Nadezhda sailing vessel has started on the training round-the-globe voyage on January 25, 2003 from Vladivostok.

    It is dedicated to the first round-the-globe voyage by Russian sailors led by Ivan Kruzenshtern and Yuri Lisyansky. The Nadezhda tries to follow the historic route.

    The frigate has already covered more than 30,000 miles. It has to cover 10,000 miles before the return to Vladivostok in March.

    In addition to crewmen and students, a Russian research expedition on ecological problems and the world ocean processes is on board the frigate.

    At first the ship has crossed the Pacific and Indian Oceans, the Suez Channel and the Atlantic Ocean. After that, she arrived in St. Petersburg.

    Then the expedition visited England, the Canary Islands and Brazil. Having rounded Cape Horn, the ship has again entered the Pacific Ocean.

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