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    VLADIVOSTOK, January 27, 2004 (RIA Novosti correspondent Anatoly Ilyukhov) - A squadron of warships from the Russian Pacific Fleet will pay an official visit of friendship to South Korea and China in the first half of February.

    The missile cruiser, Varyag, the large anti-submarine ship, Admiral Tributs, and the small anti-submarine ship, Koreyets, will fly the flag of Commander of the Pacific Fleet Admiral Viktor Fyodorov during their official visit.

    The Pacific Fleet press center reported on Tuesday that the visit would take place on the 100th anniversary of the heroic defense and defeat of the Varyag and the Koreyets in the Russian-Japanese War of 1904-1905.

    The Varyag and the Koreyets left the Korean port of Chemulpo and fought against a Japanese squadron on January 27, 1904 (February 9 in the Gregorian calendar). The Japanese squadron consisted of one heavy and five light cruisers and eight torpedo boats.

    On February 10, the Russian ships will arrive in the South Korean port of Inchon (formerly Chemulpo) where their crews will honor the memory of the heroic Russian sailors.

    After the visit to the port of Inchon, Russia and South Korea will conduct naval communication, maneuvering and aiding ships in distress exercises.

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