Article 146

“Turning back the clock: 93 year old Arctic Convoy veteran visits Russian ship”

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When the Russian missile cruiser Marshal Ustinov berthed in Cape Town harbour, she welcomed aboard a 93-year-old World War II Arctic Convoy Veteran. History had come a full circle. Regine Lord was there to record the event.

During the last week of November 2019, Cape Town welcomed
several warships from two of South Africa’s BRICS partners – the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China.

They had come to participate in Exercise Mosi, the first trilateral naval training exercise involving the South African, Russian and Chinese navies in the Southern African oceans.

Published in the Military Despatches, Volume 33, March 2020.