Egypt, November 15, 2013
The head of the Orthodox Church of Alexandria was given a solemn reception, at which Sergei Petlyakov, Consul General of the Russian Federation in Alexandria, was also present.
His Beatitude then performed a service of blessing of the waters and delivered a speech, wishing the crew members every success in their service, in order to maintain peace and security in the region.
Patriarch Theodore had already visited a Pacific fleet ship. On February 17, 2013, on his name day, the head of the Orthodox Church of Alexandria stayed on board the large anti-submarine ship, "Marshal Shaposhnikov", which was then in the port of Tanzania.