Homebound frigate Pallada enters Russian territorial waters


The Russian sailing ship Pallada, now completing an international trans-Pacific expedition, has entered Russian territorial waters and is sailing toward Vladivostok, its home port, a spokesperson for the Far Eastern
State Technical Fishing University, the ship’s owner, told RIA Novosti.

On July 1, 2011, more than 100 cadets from Russia’s Primorye and Kamchatka Territories sailed from Vladivostok aboard the frigate Pallada on a four-month international trans-Pacific expedition dedicated to the 50th anniversary of Yury Gagarin’s trailblazing space flight and the 270th anniversary of discovering Russian America by Russian seafarers. The Pallada called at seven U.S. and Canadian ports during the expedition.

“The ship has entered Russian territorial waters and is now sailing just 150 miles from Vladivostok. The ship’s crew will go ashore on October 8,” the spokesperson said.

The frigate Pallada was built in 1989 at a shipyard in Gdansk, Poland, and her flag was hoisted July 4, 1989. The frigate has sailed for 12 years the world ocean, calling at 101 ports in 35 countries. Guinness World Records lists the Pallada as the world’s fastest sailing ship developing a speed in excess of 18 knots.

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