site.btaDay 84: RSV 421 Leaves Mar del Plata to Accompaniment of Argentinian Military Orchestra
The Bulgarian naval research vessel Sv. Sv. Kiril i Metodii (RSV 421) left Mar del Plata on Monday. The solemn send-off took place at 9:30 am local time (2:30 pm Bulgarian time) to the musical accompaniment of a military orchestra and was attended by Argentinian naval personnel.
The ship was escorted by a tugboat and a cutter until she left the port. Two Argentinian harbour pilots were temporarily on board to help the crew get the vessel out to sea safely.
RSV 421 replenished her stocks of fuel, foodstuffs, and fresh water during her stay at the Mar del Plata Naval Base, preparing for a 20-day voyage through the Atlantic Ocean. The ship sails towards her second stopover on her journey back home to Varna (on the Black Sea) - the Spanish city of Cartagena, where she is expected to arrive in the middle of April. The vessel is expected to dock in Varna at the end of April.
BTA's Daily News editor Konstantin Karagyozov is the only member of the media who is travelling on board the ship to Livingston Island and back and covered the Bulgarian expedition throughout its stay in Antarctica.
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