The first visit to Turkey in nearly 40 years by Soviet Warships has ended and the Soviet destroyer " Reshitehlily" and the Soviet cruiser "Dzerzhinski" have returned to the Black Sea.
GV Soviet destroyer "Reshitehlily" passing through the Bosphoros (TWO SHOTS)
SV AND LV Soviet cruiser "Dzerzhinski" (THREE SHOTS)
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Background: The first visit to Turkey in nearly 40 years by Soviet Warships has ended and the Soviet destroyer " Reshitehlily" and the Soviet cruiser "Dzerzhinski" have returned to the Black Sea.
SYNOPSIS: The five and a half thousand tonne Kashin class Destroyer "Reshitehlily" has gone back to Military installation in the Black Sea after spending five days at Istanbul with the Soviet cruiser Dzerzhinski. It was the first time Soviet warships had dropped anchor at a Turkish port since November 1938 when a warship joined vessels from other nations to pay last respects to Turkish leader Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.
The 21,000-tonne cruiser Dzerzhinski fired a 21-gun salute to mark the start of the Soviet visit last week. This was answered by the Turkish Armed Forces Selimiye Barracks from the Asian Shore of the Bosphoros, where both Turkish and Soviet flags have been hoisted. About 3,000 people turned out to a demonstration organised by the Peking oriented Turkish Workers Party while the Soviet vessels were moored at Istanbul. An effigy of Soviet President, Leonid Brezhnev, and a model of the cruiser were set on fire at the protest meeting. The ships are under the command of Vice Admiral Nikolai Ivanovich Khovrin, the commander in Chief of the Soviet Black Sea Fleet.
Although this is the first time Soviet warships have paid a courtesy visit to a Turkish port for nearly 40 years they are often seen in the Straits passing to and from the Mediterranean.