Russian cruiser Varyag (1983)

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Varyag (then Chervona Ukraina) c. 1995 underway en route to the Pacific Ocean from the Black Sea
Career (Russia)
Name: Varyag ex-Chervona Ukraina
Namesake: Viking or Varangians
Builder: 61 Kommunara Shipbuilding Plant (SY 445), Nikolayev
Laid down: 1979
Launched: July 1983
Commissioned: 16 October 1989
Status: in active service, as of 2014
Notes: In service with Pacific Fleet
General characteristics
Class & type: Slava-class cruiser
Displacement: 11,490 tons
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)
Complement: 480
Sensors and
processing systems:
·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
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
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
Armor: Splinter plating
Aircraft carried: 1 Ka-25 or Ka-27 Helicopter

Russian cruiser Varyag (Varangian), (ex-Chervona Ukraina), is the third ship of the Slava-class of guided missile cruisers built for the Soviet Navy now serving the Russian Navy.

History[edit]

Laid down in 1979 at 61 Kommunara Shipbuilding Plant (Shipyard 445) in Nikolayev as Chervona Ukraina ("Red Ukraine"), the vessel was launched in July 1983, and commissioned 16 October 1989. The warship joined the Pacific Fleet in 1990 and was listed as having only a caretaker crew up to 2002.[1]

The cruiser re-entered service with the Pacific Fleet in early 2008 after an overhaul.

In 2009 Varyag led a fleet of foreign warships participating in a parade to mark the -60th anniversary of China's Navy.[2]

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.[3] 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 it 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.[4][5]

From 8 to 11 November 2011 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 Varyag '​s crew engaged in friendly sports matches with their Canadian counterparts from Algonquin.[6][7][8]

In November 2014, Varyag led a deployment of four Russian naval vessels to international waters off Australia.[9][10] The deployment was believed to be linked to the 2014 G-20 Brisbane summit and growing tensions between the two nations.[11][9]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Project 1164 Atlant Krasina/Slava class Guided Missile Cruiser". GlobalSecurity.org. 3 June 2014. Retrieved 6 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "Russian cruiser to lead foreign ships in China naval parade". RIAN News Service. 22 April 2009. Retrieved 6 October 2014. 
  3. ^ Nolte, Carl (22 June 2010). "Russian warship makes rare S.F. appearance". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 22 June 2010. 
  4. ^ Dead crewman was found in cruiser Varyag, PrimaMedia, 25 November 2010, retrieved 6 October 2014 
  5. ^ "An Officer of Varyag Cruiser Committed Suicide". Vzglyad. 25 November 2010. 
  6. ^ PF Flagship Guard Missile Cruiser Varyag Arrives at Port of Vancouver, Canada, NavalToday.com, 11 November 2011, retrieved 6 October 2014 
  7. ^ "Russian warships visit Vancouver". The Voice of Russia. 9 November 2011. 
  8. ^ "Russian missile cruiser visits Canada". RIA Novosti. 9 November 2011. Retrieved 10 November 2011. 
  9. ^ a b Nicholson, Brendan; Martin, Sarah & Markson, Sharri (13 November 2014). "Troubled waters as Russians send warships". The Australian Business Review. Retrieved 13 November 2014. 
  10. ^ "Third Australian warship sent to halt Russian flotilla bound for G20 in Brisbane". news.com.au. news.com.au & APP. 14 November 2014. Retrieved 14 November 2014. 
  11. ^ "Stephen Harper at G20 tells Vladimir Putin to 'get out of Ukraine' : Annual summit dominated by Western anger towards Putin". CBC News (cbc.ca). 2014-11-15. Retrieved 2014-11-16.