U.S. Russian servicemembers join together to celebrate Fourth
U.S. troops and their Russian counterparts celebrated the Fourth of July together in Vladivostok, Russia.
A group of 120 U.S. Marines and sailors — the USS Harper Ferry’s Vladivostok Port Visit Detachment — arrived in Russia for a five-day port call to “maintain and enhance the relationship between U.S. and Russian military forces,” according to a Marine Corps news release.
Activities included Marine equipment static displays, a close order drill demonstration, a Marine Corps Martial Arts Program demonstration and a volleyball match.
“The Cold War is over, and now we’re going in the same direction for world peace. Russia wants the same thing as the United States,” Russian Navy Lt. Capt. Dimitriy Ivanov was quoted as saying in the release.
U.S. and Russian troops also held a wreath-laying ceremony at the C-56 Submarine Memorial to honor the two nations’ fallen World War II servicemembers.
Cmdr. Thomas M. Prater, detachment commanding officer, was quoted as saying the visit was a tremendous and career-enhancing opportunity.