Russian cruiser Varyag (1983)
Varyag (then Chervona Ukraina) c. 1995 underway en route to the Pacific Ocean from the Black Sea
|Name:||Varyag ex-Chervona Ukraina|
|Namesake:||Viking or Varangians|
|Builder:||61 Kommunara Shipbuilding Plant (SY 445), Nikolayev|
|Commissioned:||October 16, 1989|
|Status:||in active service, as of 2013[update]|
|Notes:||In service with Pacific Fleet|
|Class & type:||Slava-class cruiser|
|Length:||186.4 m (611.5 ft)|
|Beam:||20.8 m (68.2 ft)|
|Draft:||8.4 m (27.6 ft)|
|Propulsion:||4 COGOG gas turbines, 2 shafts 121,000 shp|
|Speed:||32 knots (59 km/h; 37 mph)|
|Range:||10,000 nautical miles (19,000 km; 12,000 mi) at 16 knots (30 km/h; 18 mph)|
|·Voskhod MR-800 (Top Pair) 3D search radar
·Fregat MR-710 (Top Steer) 3D search radar
·Palm Frond navigation radar
·Pop group SA-N-4 fire control radar
·Top Dome SA-N-6 fire control radar
·Bass Tilt AK-360 CIWS System fire control radar
·Bull horn MF hull mounted sonar
|Rum Tub and Side Globe EW antennas
2x PK-2 DL (140mm chaff / flare)
|Armament:||16x P-500 Bazalt (SS-N-12 Sandbox) anti-ship missiles
8x8 (64) S-300PMU Favorit (SA-N-6 Grumble) long-range surface-to-air missiles
2x20 (40) OSA-MA (SA-N-4 Gecko) SR SAM
1x twin AK-130 130mm/L70 dual purpose guns
6xAK-630 close-in weapons systems possibly replaced by Kashtan (CADS-N-1)
2x RBU-6000 anti-submarine mortars
10x(2 quin) 533mm torpedo tubes
|Aircraft carried:||1 Ka-25 or Ka-27 Helicopter|
Laid down in 1979 at 61 Kommunara Shipbuilding Plant (Shipyard 445) in Nikolayev as Chervona Ukraina ("Red Ukraine"), was launched in July 1983, and commissioned October 16, 1989. Joined the Pacific Fleet in 1990 and was listed as having only a caretaker crew up to 2002.
Re-entered service in the Pacific Fleet in early 2008 after an overhaul.
In June 2010, Varyag, under the command of Captain Eduard Moskalenko and with the Commander Northern Fleet Combined Forces Rear-Admiral Vladimir L. Kasatonov embarked, made a port call to San Francisco. The visit, the first by a Russian navy surface combatant in 147 years, featured a plaque dedication ceremony to commemorate six Russian Imperial Navy sailors who died fighting a fire in San Francisco in 1863. This visit also coincided with President Medvedev visiting Silicon Valley and he once again visited the Varyag as he had in Singapore in 2009.
On 19 November 2010, during a 4-day informal visit to South Korea, 24-year old Lieutenant Ivan Yegorov reportedly committed suicide by hanging himself. According to Roman Martov, head of Russian Navy Pacific Fleet Press Service, the reason of suicide was a conflict between the lieutenant and his wife. The crewman's brother doubts that is was suicide, and told reporters that his brother had phoned him several hours before the death: "His voice was high-spirited and he boasted of gifts which he was going to bring his family". There was a police report filed, but no evidence of foul play was found.
From November 8–11, 2011 the Varyag, accompanied by the tanker Irkut, made a port visit to Vancouver, British Columbia, to commemorate servicemen killed in armed conflicts. Varyag was escorted into Vancouver by the Royal Canadian Navy destroyer HMCS Algonquin, and the Varyag's crew engaged in friendly sports matches with their Canadian counterparts from the Algonquin.
Dmitry Medvedev. Meeting with sailors.
Dmitry Medvedev. Visiting ship's museum aboard the cruiser Varyag.
Varyag in Vladivostok, 2010.
2010 San Francisco visit
Visiting Vancouver, Canada in November 2011.
Close view of the AK-130 dual purpose guns on the bow with Vancouver's north shore in the background.
Close view of the S-300PMU Favorit SAM tubes on the mid deck, Vancouver.
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- Chervona Ukraina for another ship named for Red Ukraine.
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