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Joint Russian and U.S. navy exercises to be held in Vladivostok


VLADIVOSTOK, July 1 (RIA Novosti, Anatoly Ilyukhov) - U.S. Navy ships arrived at port here for joint Navy exercises with the Russian Navy's Pacific Fleet, based in this city.

 They will also be participating in celebrations for the city's 145th anniversary and U.S. Independence Day on July 4.

The U.S. delegation will hold a meeting with the fleet's commanding officers and the city mayor, and take part in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Pacific Fleet Battle Memorial, dedicated to Russian soldiers and sailors who died in World War II.

The American sailors will also take a tour of the city during their visit and play sports with their Russian counterparts.

The military exercises are scheduled for the end of the trip and will include the USS Curtis Wilber Missile Destroyer and the minesweepers the Patriot and the Guardian. The exercises will focus on communications and navigation.

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