Black Sea Fleet patrol craft to deliver the relics of St. Andrew the First-Called to Crimea

Moscow, September 18, 2015

The Russian Black Sea Fleet Smetlivy patrol craft has departed from Sevastopol for the Mediterranean, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

"The Smetlivy left Sevastopol today and headed for the Black Sea straits. It is planned to arrive in the Mediterranean tomorrow," the Black Sea Fleet said in a report seen by Interfax on Friday.

The ship "will join international marine events, visit the Greek ports of Corfu and Lefkada, and participate in the traditional Russian Week on the Ionic islands," it said.

Metropolitan Chrisostomos of Patras will present a shrine with the relics of St. Andrew the First-Called to the Russian Black Sea Fleet during the ship's visit to the Patras port on September 22. The shrine will be positioned in the Sevastopol garrison church.

"After having attended the formal events, the Smetlivy will join the Russian Navy task force permanently stationed in the Mediterranean," the report said.



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