Let's visit a renown Russian cruiser Varyag and meet its crew.
Zamechatelʹnoe sudno. Blestyashchaya komanda. Yeshche neskolʹko iz oboih i rossiĭskogo Voenno – morskogo flota vernulisʹ by k energii i slave starogo Krasnogo Voenno – morskogo flota.
I was on the USS Samuel B. Roberts when we steamed the Black Sea from 9 to 12 December, 1970. We were the first ship to do so in over 15 years, and it was simply a way to show “Ivan” that it was international waters, and we (the U.S.) could come and go there if we damn well pleased. Turkish gunboats escorted us through the straits of Hormuz, and while in the waters, we did electronic surveillance as well. I remember we were constantly flown over by Migs, were shadowed by a helo carrier- the “Moskovitch?” and cruisers. I admired the soviet frigates as they had clean lines and were new. My ship was a retread from WWII and was obsolete by war’s end. I remember one day we had a “pass in review” alongside a soviet cruiser, and both ships “manned the rails” in a show of respect from one crew of mariners to another. One Soviet sailor broke ranks by jumping up and down and began waving at us, and that changed my whole perspective of the “Red Menace” in that instant, for at the moment of youthful exuberance he showed me he was just like any other sailor in the world, only wanting to do his job, go ashore that night, get drunk, get laid, and tumble back into his bunk. I hope nothing bad happened to the guy, we all figured a one word punishment: Siberia.
Cool post, @perristalsis, so what would you say if the Russians steamed into the Gulf of Mexico and did a tour?
Well Chris, I’d say the same thing that I do now, sharing space exploration jointly with Russia- bravo! Back in the day, it was absolutely unthinkable we would be working in close concert together to achieve progress in space… And I still hope that sailor didn’t get caught.
Just a small correction if i may…To get to the Black Sea you have to pass through the sea of Marmara and straits of Dardanelles and Bosphorus effectively sailing through Turkey and hence the Turkish gunboats, not the straits of Hormuz which is between Iran and Arabian peninsula.
Besides that, like your comment…
not bad. but where are the pics of the combat management and operational targeting coordination room with all the high tech gear in there?
I can only imagine the jokes about cat on board!
nice pictures, the interior of the ship is clean and neat, would be nice if there are some pictures from the captain’s cabin too.
Good looking ship. Still it lacks the modern upgrades you would expect of a Flagship. Perhaps they are coming soon.
It was stated on an old documentary on the Soviet navy that the best sailors came from areas farthest from the sea.
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