The expedition to the shores of Antarctica is going on its way. For the month of the campaign the «Admiral Vladimirsky» has crossed the Atlantic ocean and came into the Mediterranean Sea. The first stop of the vessel after leaving Kronstadt on the 6th of November was made in the port of Algeria the 17th of November. In the end of November the ship made a stop in the Egyptian port of Adab in the province of Suez for replenishing fresh water reserve and giving rest to the staff. Suez is known as a trading port, beginning from the VII century. Nowadays it is one of the biggest transport nodes of Egypt (including three ports) and industrial centers, situated at the south tip of Suez Canal. The city was destroyed for 80% at the time of Arab-Israeli wars and lost its oriental flavor.
Football, volleyball and … chess
The Egyptian sailors headed by the Chief of Staff of the Naval Base Suez Brigadier General Ahmad arranged hospitality for the «Admiral Vladimirsky» in the port. The Egyptians sent eastern sweets for the gift to the board of the «Admiral Vladimirsky», and invited the crew of their Russian colleagues to the leisure center on the territory of the base to participate in a «Mini-Olympics». There were mini football, chess, volleyball and table tennis included in the competition program. If the «friendship won» in the football competitions: the common result is a dead heat, but in chess the absolute victory went to our team, where especially made his mark a boatswain Molkanov. However there was no one left without prizes – the Egyptian governance handed in memorable gifts to all the participants of the competition.
The scientific research is going on
In accordance with the plans the scientific research of the main groups of the expedition (hydrographic, hydrological, meteorological and radio navigation) is being conducted on board. There is an educational work being continued, connected with the collecting of materials and telling to the members of the crew and the expedition about the events of the history of the domestic fleet, which took place where the route of the «Admiral Vladimirsky» lies. The 28th of November, the report of the history of Fifth Mediterranean Squadron, actions of the soviet sailors during Arab-Israeli Conflicts and their participation in clearance of the Suez Canal was made by the officer of the Sixth Atlantic expedition engineer Mikhail Zibrov.
Within the frames of the international festival «The Maritime Russia», which is being held on the board of the vessel, has been announced a photo contest amongst the participants of the campaign. The4 authors of the best photos will be awarded with prizes, and their works will be included to the photo album and photo exhibition which are being prepared according to the results of the campaign.
Entering to Jeddah
The 29 the of November the «Admiral Vladimirsky» entered the port of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia. There has been on board of the vessel with the visit Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to Saudi Arabia Oleg Ozerov. The distinguished guest was met by the commander of the campaign – the head of the 6th Atlantic expedition the Captain of the 2nd Rank Dmitry Puntus and the captain of the vessel Alexander Pyshkin, and the other officers as well. The ambassador of Russia got acquainted to the vessel with great interest, with its navigation and oceanographic equipment. He noted that the Russian warships not often enter Saudi Arabia, and each such entering is like a fete. «The visit of the «Admiral Vladimirsky» is a positive step on the way of establishing of cooperation between Russia and Islamic world», - the diplomat said.
There have been organized two excursions for the crew of the vessel. After the short stop in Jeddah the oceanographic research vessel «Admiral Vladimirsky» was carrying on its campaign according to the plan.
The text by Nikita Kuznetsov form the board of OIC «Admiral Vladimirsky»