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U.S. Navy officers tour the Russian Aircraft Carrier Adm. Kuznetsov.
Visiting U.S. Navy officers tour the flight deck of the Russian Aircraft Carrier Adm. Kuznetsov as it steamed in the Mediterranean Sea on Jan. 7, 1996. As seen from the bow ramp, the aircraft carrier became the meeting place for the First Deputy Commander of the Russian Navy and the Commander of the U.S. Navy's Sixth Fleet. Russian Adm. Igor Kasatonov invited Vice Adm. Donald L. Pilling, U.S. Navy, aboard the Russian carrier to discuss potential professional contacts between the two navies during the Adm. Kuznetsov deployment in the Mediterranean. During the tour, the American delegation was hosted to a traditional Russian meal and a display of embarked aircraft. The Russian carrier is in the Mediterranean to show the flag and help commemorate the Russian Navy's 300th anniversary.

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