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    VLADIVOSTOK, JANUARY 22, 2004, /RIA-NOVOSTI CORRESPONDENT ANATOLY ILYUKHOV/ -- Russia's Nadezhda (Hope) frigate, which is now circumnavigating the globe, dropped anchor off Fiji January 22.

    Talking to RIA-NOVOSTI here today, people at the maritime state university's press center noted that the ship's crew will spend three days on Fiji, subsequently leaving for Hong Kong. After that, the Nadezhda will shape course for Shanghai, Nagasaki and Pusan, eventually arriving in Vladivostok.

    The Nadezhda, which belongs to the Admiral Nevelsky maritime state university, slipped out of the Vladivostok harbor January 25, 2003, thus beginning her voyage around the world.

    This voyage is devoted to the 200-th anniversary of the first-ever Russian trip around the world under the command of Ivan Kruzenshtern and Yury Lisyansky aboard the Nadezhda and Neva sloops.

    The Nadezhda's current route matches that trailblazing route to the greatest possible extent.

    The frigate, which has already covered more than two-thirds of her route, still has to sail about 10,000 miles to Vladivostok, which is the ship's home port. The Nadezhda would be expected to return home in March, 2004.

    The expedition's members celebrated New Year's Eve at sea, also marking Orthodox Christmas on Tahiti island.

    Apart from her crew and cadets, the ship is carrying a Russian scientific expedition, which studies environmental problems, as well as World Ocean processes.

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