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    VLADIVOSTOK, February 29 (RIA Novosti corr. Anatoly Ilyukhov) - Russian training sailing frigate Nadezhda, making a round the world voyage, left Hong Kong on Sunday and headed for Shanghai.

    The Vladivostok Maritime University said that a lot of city residents and a delegation of foreign diplomatic missions in Hong Kong visited Russian sailors during their five-day stay in the port.

    Ten days ago (on February 18) the frigate passed the longitude of Vladivostok port, having thus made a full revolution round the globe. For this period, the sailing ship crossed the equator thrice.

    The Maritime University frigate named after Admiral Nevelskoi started its circumnavigation tour from Vladivostok on January 25, 2003. The voyage is devoted to the 200th anniversary of the first round the world voyage of Russian sailors under the command of Ivan Kruzenshtern and Yuri Lisyansky carried out on board the Nadezhda and Neva sloops.

    The Nadezhda's present route is maximally close to the historical voyage route.

    A Russian scientific expedition to survey environmental problems and world ocean processes is on board together with the crew and cadets.

    At the first stage of the voyage, the sailing ship went from Vladivostok to St Petersburg via the Pacific, Indian oceans, the Suez Canal and the Atlantic ocean.

    After taking part in the festivities dedicated to the 300th anniversary of Russia's "northern capital" (St Petersburg), the ship visited England, the Canaries, Brazil, Falklands, Chile, Tahiti, Fiji, Solomon Islands, and Hong Kong.

    On its way to Vladivostok (port of registration) the frigate will visit China, Japan and South Korea.

    Over 2,000 miles are lying ahead for the Nadezhda to go. It is expected to arrive in Vladivostok in late March.

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