A Russian warship docked in Havana Wednesday, without explanation from Cuba or the Russian government.
Cuban state media was also silent on the mysterious arrival of the Viktor Leonov CCB-175 boat, measuring about 300 feet long and 47 feet wide. According to French news agency Agence France-Presse, the ship docked at the port of Havana’s cruise ship area, near the Russian Orthodox Cathedral.
Also often referred to as a Vishnya-class ship, the vessel boasts a crew of around 200, and went into service in the Black Sea in 1988 before it was transferred seven years later to the northern fleet, Russian media sources reported.
The warship’s arrival hearkens to a time when the former Soviet Union was communist Cuba’s sponsor state through three decades of the Cold War. Former Russian President Boris Yeltsin created distance between the two countries for a time, but more recently the two countries have renewed their political, economic and military cooperation.
Havana is a little more than 100 miles off the coast of Florida.
“We are aware that a Russian naval vessel has docked in Havana … We recognize the rights of all sovereign nations to freely navigate in international waters and to port in the countries they have agreements with,” a Defense Department Official told TheBlaze.
When asked when the DoD knew the ship was in close range of the United States, the official told TheBlaze, “For operational security reasons, we will not discuss the specifics relating to our maritime domain awareness activities.”
(H/T: Yahoo News)
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