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22 Dec, 2008 07:01

Russian warship becomes Havana’s top attraction

The Russian destroyer Admiral Chabanenko, which is docked in Havana, is proving to be a major draw for Cubans.

It's the first time since the collapse of the Soviet Union that the Russian navy has visited the country.

During first two days of the Russian navy's visit to Cuba, thousands have been on-board the ship. The queue is still more than a kilometre long.

And on Saturday the country’s top military officers were seen on board the Admiral Chabanenko, as the Cuban chief of staff and the commander of Cuban fleet inspected the ship.

The visit to Cuba, which was labeled as historic by the local media, is a part of the Russian Navy's Caribbean tour. It participated in a joint exercise with the Venezuelan fleet and sailed through the Panama Canal.