site.btaRSV 421’s Second Mission to Consolidate Crew’s Reputation, Bulgarian Navy Commander Says
Bulgarian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Kiril Mihaylov attended the departure of the Bulgarian naval research vessel Sv. Sv. Kiril i Metodii (RSV 421), which set sail for the Bulgarian Antarctic Base on Livingston Island from Varna Port on Wednesday. A solemn ceremony was held to mark the start of the vessel's second voyage to Antarctica.
"You have already made the name of the naval research vessel Sv. Sv. Kiril i Metodii go down in history, but the second mission is just as important because now you have to consolidate the prestige, the reputation and the name you have built", Mihaylov addressed the crew of the vessel before its departure.
The ceremony was also attended by Varna Regional Governor Andriyana Andreeva, Prof Hristo Pimpirev - head of the Bulgarian Antarctic Institute, newly-elected Varna Mayor Blagomir Kotsev and Kotsev’s predecessor Ivan Portnih.
Mihaylov expressed his confidence that the hard work and motivation of each crew member will contribute to the success of the second mission. He assured the sailors that they can always count on the support of the Navy.
Mihaylov presented Pimpirev with а Bulgarian naval jack and voiced hope that it will find a place in the Bulgarian Antarctic base. The Bulgarian Navy Commander said that the gift is a sign that navy sailors are always ready to support the Antarctic explorers.