updated 3/21/2010 10:08:21 AM ET 2010-03-21T14:08:21

The Russian Navy says one of its surveillance ships has resumed sailing through the Sea of Japan after reports that it was drifting and taking on water.

A statement from the navy, transmitted by state news agencies, did not confirm the earlier reports citing an unnamed representative of the Pacific Fleet.

The statement released Sunday says the ship, the Pribaltika, dropped anchor during a short period of unspecified technical problems but was now sailing under its own power.

The statement identified the Pribaltika as a "special communications" ship. Such vessels typically monitor radar, track missiles and act as communications relay stations.

The earlier reports said about 170 crew were on the ship.

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