Russian Warship In Cuba, A Russian warship docked in Havana Wednesday, without explanation from Cuba or the Russian government.
Cuban state media was also silent on the mysterious arrival of the Viktor Leonov CCB-175 boat, measuring about 300 feet long and 47 feet wide. According to French news agency Agence France-Presse, the ship docked at the port of Havana’s cruise ship area, near the Russian Orthodox Cathedral.
The Meridian-class intelligence ship is packed with electronic eavesdropping equipment and weaponry, including AK-630 rapid-fire cannons and surface-to-air missiles, according to the Daily Mail.
Also often referred to as a Vishnya-class ship, the vessel boasts a crew of around 200, and went into service in the Black Sea in 1988 before it was transferred seven years later to the northern fleet, Russian media sources reported.
The warship’s arrival hearkens to a time when the former Soviet Union was communist Cuba’s sponsor state through three decades of the Cold War. Former Russian President Boris Yeltsin created distance between the two countries for a time, but more recently the two countries have renewed their political, economic and military cooperation.