Mr. Salam Rabyee Ali, Chairman of the Southern Yemen Presidency Council, went aboard a visiting?
Mr. Salam Rabyee Ali, Chairman of the Southern Yemen Presidency Council, went aboard a visiting Soviet destroyer moored in Aden Harbour on Sunday.
The ship, armed with anti-submarine missiles, is part of the Russian Pacific Fleet which ranges from the Soviet port of Vladivostock, in the northwest Pacific, through the Indian Ocean to the Gulf of Aden.
Formerly a British colony, the People's Democratic Republic of Southern Yemen came into existence in 1967. Since the withdrawal of British forces, the flag most commonly seen in Aden Harbour is that of the Soviet Union.
The increased Soviet naval presence in the Gulf of Aden follows similar Russian build-ups in the Mediterranean and Middle East areas. Despite these visits by Soviet warships, the government of Southern Yemen has strongly denied reports that secret Soviet submarine bases exist there. Southern Yemen has refused to accept a Soviet offer to finance the construction of drydock facilities to service ships of the Soviet fleet.
SYNOPSIS: Aden Southern Yemen....once a British Colony, now independent. And symbolic of the country's post-colonial politics was the visit last weekend of a Soviet destroyer to Aden Harbour.
As local residents looked on, the leader of Southern Yemen, President Salem Rabyee Ali and his Prime Minister, Mr. Ali Nasser Mohammed, approached the quayside where they boarded a launch waiting to take them out to the harbour for an inspection of the Soviet ship, an anti-submarine destroyer.
The destroyer, part of the Soviet pacific fleet, had been moored in the harbour since last Friday. The Yemeni President and his official party were given a tour of the warship by its captain and crew.
Among the weapons viewed by the President were the destroyer's sub-killing missiles mounted on revolving turrets. In recent months the Soviets have been increasing their naval presence in the Gulf of Aden, despite the fact that the government of Southern Yemen has refused a Soviet offer to finance the construction of drydock facilities in Aden to service ships of the Russian fleet.