Black Sea Fleet major amphibious ship Azov completed visit in Pylos, Greek port
On 22 October, the Black Sea Fleet major amphibious ship (MAS) Azov left the Greek port of Pylos, where Russian seamen together with the crew of the Greek frigate Navarinon took part in the events dedicated to the 190th anniversary of the Navarino Sea Battle, says press center of RF Defence Ministry.
In accordance with the visit programme, seamen of the MAS ‘Azov’ took part in solemn hoisting the state flags of Greece, Great Britain, Russia and France in the Three Admirals Square and tributing to honoured seamen on the island of Sphacteria at the burial place of the Russian seamen killed in the battle, requiem and ceremony of laying wreaths at the monument with the names of the commanders of the allied squadrons of Russia, Great Britain, and France, which took part in the battle.
During the port stay, the Russian ship was open for visits.
The battle of the united squadrons of Russia, Britain, France against the Ottoman fleet took place in the Navarino Bay on October 20, 1827. The victory of the Allies in the battle had a decisive influence on the outcome of the Greek people’s struggle for their independence.
The MAS Azov bears the name of the warship Azov, whose seamen distinguished themselves in the battle showing heroism and military skill.
After leaving Pylos, the MAS Azov will continue to fulfil tasks as part of the permanent Navy formation in the Mediterranean Sea.