A Russian Navy frigate armed with cruise missiles has arrived in Havana Harbor for an official go to. As Russian seamen stretch their legs on shore, US warships idle close by and quietly observe their counterparts.
The frigate Admiral Gorshkov, armed with Kalibr missiles, left the Russian port of Severomorsk in late February for its months-long voyage, making stops in China, Djibouti and Sri Lanka earlier than docking in Cuba on Monday. It is accompanied by a number of help vessels.
Her crew are anticipated to “carry out a program of activities that includes courtesy visits to the chief of the [Cuban] Revolutionary Navy, as well as touring places of historical and cultural interest,” in response to Cuban state media.
As the Russians sailed into port, American warships loomed alongside Cuba’s coast, with the guided missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham holding the closest watch just some miles away.