The Soviet auxiliary tanker "Koida" put into dry dock at the Greek Neorion shipyards on the Aegean Island of Syros on Saturday (6 October).
The Soviet auxiliary tanker "Koida" put into dry dock at the Greek Neorion shipyards on the Aegean Island of Syros on Saturday (6 October). It is the first Soviet vessel to make use of a controversial repair agreement signed last month (7 September) between Greece and the Soviet Union.
SYNOPSIS: The Neorion Shipyard signed the agreement with the encouragement of Greek Government. According top the deal, Neorion shipyards will repair Soviet auxiliary vessels of up to 40 thousand tonnes. The agreement caused a diplomatic storm between Greece and the United States. Greece is a member of NATO.
The Koida put into dock last Saturday, where she planned to stay for 60 days for service and repairs. The Koida is an auxiliary vessel of the Soviet Union's Mediterranean fleet, which is stationed near the disputed Aegean waters between Greece and Turkey.
The agreement has been seen in Athens as the first step towards granting the Soviet Union port facilities for units of its Mediterranean fleet. American criticism over the deal has been rejected in Athens.