Let’s visit a renown Russian cruiser Varyag and meet its crew.
Subchaser brigade number 44 of the Russian Pacific Fleet decorated with the Order of the Red Banner is dislocated in the very center of Vladivistok city next to the port. The building of the Fleet headquarter decorated with 4 big subchasers is located on the opposite side. The ships are then transferred to Gulf of Aden where they protect merchant ships from pirates.
The four ships are surrounded by the hospital ship Irtysh and flagman of the Pacific Fleet, Varyag cruiser. Laid down in 1979 at 61 Kommunara Shipbuilding Plant in Mykolaiv as Chervona Ukraina (“Red Ukraine”), was launched in July 1983, and commissioned in October 16, 1989. Main weapon of the cruiser is represented by self-guided cruise missiles of Vulcano complex. The missiles are located along the ship broadsides, look very impressive and make it easy to differentiate between Varyag and other ships. The working scheme of the missiles is as follows: after a salvo fire made from one broadside 8 missiles consitute a sigle flying group headed by the guide or a separate missile that leads the entire group. Having approached the target, the leading missile chooses the largest object and instructs another missile to hit the target. One missile weighs around 5 tones and flies at speed of 2900 km an hour. No ship can survive following such an attack. In case the leading missile is destroyed it will be substituted by another similar missile. Besides, Varyag is just a beautiful ship and a real flagman of the Fleet.
The adjacent ship is going to Africa and is ready to accept another stock of products.
Sea voyages last long and it is necessary to take large supplies of provision. What you see in the picture is just a small amount of the water that is going to be placed on board.
The ship is equipped with a complete set of radiolocation equipment, homing heads and locations stations.
AK-130 is a sea-launched automatic gun. It is a fully automatic, dual-purpose weapon which is said to have no analogues in the world. Initially there were 12 missile launchers and two single-barrel guns instead of one dual gun A-100. But in 1972 four other guns were added and two AK-100 weapons were substituted by one dual AK-130. The ship became heavier, its speed decreased.
In spite of modern means of communication, the system of signaling flags remains the leading means of communication. 32 flags correspond to letters of Russian alphabet and denote that there is a danger, that it is necessary to reverse or that a mine was discovered. Signal flags are held in a metal box and are raised following a command. The black balls next to the box denote speed of the ship. The lower is the ball the higher the speed is.
The ship is controlled from the pilot room.
This place is occupied by the commander of the cruiser.
The equipment is very reliable and reminds of former Soviet times.
Looking through the mail. There is a library aboard. The ship is very comfortable and is widely decorated with pictures and carpets.
Walking along the cruiser means climbing endless stairs and examining numerous corridors.
See how the sailors live.
Sleeping members of the crew.
Writing a letter.
The cookhouse is the most important place on the cruiser.
Cats save the sailors from the mice.
These are silhouettes of Russian ships and NATO vessels.
Sailors at work. They managed to find one place that is not considered to be as secret.
Varyag is a welcomed guest abroad. Thousands of tourists are willing to visit it every day.