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    RUSSIAN SAILORS TO HONOUR MEMORY OF THEIR COMPATRIOTS WHO PERISHED IN RUSSIAN-JAPANESE WAR HUNDRED YEARS AGO

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    VLADIVOSTOK, February 3, 2004. /RIA Novosti correspondent Anatoly Ilyukhov/ -- On Tuesday a detachment of ships of the Russian Pacific Fleet (TOF) left Vladivostok (the administrative centre of the Maritime Territory and a TOF base on the western coast of the Sea of Japan) for the Republic of Korea on an official friendly visit.

    The detachment includes the Varyag missile-carrying cruiser, the Admiral Tributs large anti-submarine ship, and the Koreyets small anti-submarine ship.

    As the TOF press service reported, the visit which is taking place under the flag of commander of the Pacific Fleet Admiral Fedorov is dedicated to the centenary of the heroic loss of the Russian ships Varyag and Koreyets in a naval action during the Russian-Japanese war of 1904-1905.

    During the visit the Russian Pacific sailors will visit South-Korean port Inchon (former Chemulpo), honouring the Russian heroes' memory. (To be continued).

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