On the second day of her Ethiopian tour, Princess Anne was welcomed aboard a Soviet destroyer on Sunday (11 Feb) by the commander of the Soviet Indian Ocean Fleet, Admiral Vladimir Kruliakovan.
On the second day of her Ethiopian tour, Princess Anne was welcomed aboard a Soviet destroyer on Sunday (11 Feb) by the commander of the Soviet Indian Ocean Fleet, Admiral Vladimir Kruliakovan. The fleet was taking part in the Ethiopian Navy Day at Messawa. The Princess is believed to be the first member of the British Royal Family to go aboard a Soviet warship.
Princess Anne was taken round the ship and was told all about it by the Admiral, through an interpreter.
Princess Anne was entertained to Russian champagne and calvaria in the officers mess. Later on deck she was presented with a cup made from Ural mountain stone and carved with a figure of a woman equation. She was also given a Russian seaman's hat.
Afterwards Admiral Kruliakovan was reported as saying that the Princess was very beautiful and clever and an excellent horse-woman.
The Soviet ship was one of many from seven navies taking part in Massawa Naval Week.
SYNOPSIS: Princess Anne boarded a Soviet destroyer in Massawa Harbour in Ethiopia on Sunday. She was given a warm welcome on the destroyer Skrytny by Admiral Vladimir Kruliakove commander of the Soviet Indian Ocean Float. The Princess is thought to be the first member of the British Royal Family to go aboard a Soviet warship.
The Admiral, a former weightlifting champion, told the Princess all about the ship through an interpreter and joked with her. He said the ship had a speed of 35 knots. "Almost as speedy as your horses I think," he said. "Do your really think so," replied the Princess.
Before her visit to the ship the Princess had presented a Soviet naval team with a prize for winning a tug-of-war competition at the Ethiopian Naval Sports Day. After having champagne and calvaria in the officers mess, the Princess was presented with a stone cup carved with the figure of an equestrian. A more informal gifted a seaman's cap which seemed to fit.
The Russian admiral was reported as saying that Princess Anne was very beautiful and clever as well as an excellent horsewoman. Princess Anne also visited H.M.S. Antrim. Ships form seven navies were taking part in Massawa Navel Week.