Today, we want to introduce you to the guided-missile cruiser 'Varyag', put to sea and participate in shooting exercise.
Cool. So maybe there is hope for the navy after all.
Excellent post! Appears to be a well run and very capable ship!
Missiles are nice, but most impressive are the seat covers in the wardroom.
What impressed me is the huge number of seats. I think there are 60+ of them, a reminder of a Soviet ship’s large intended officer complement. Probably the center table are the “real officers” table and the sides are for those officers who do the NCO jobs (sonar group commander … etc).
Also, the curtains. Not only do they seem to be a fire hazard, but the pink frankly looks pathetic. Let me be commander of that ship and those curtains are the first things off!
“they get rid of the garbage” yea right…
These Russians and their beloved smoke screens!
Come on! It was only a joke!
pfff you have no sense of humor!
The map showing the course seems to indicate the Varyag was heading to Seattle.
The wardroom picture of 1905 is a bit surprising to see on a Russian ship.
Probably put there to hide what is behind it.
All seems (even the things that are supposedly new) old and obsolet. Is the electronic technology in russia so bad made as it seems by their gabinets?
My country is socialist and nationalist, so by my point of view, the sad answer is: YES.
@Mr. Pennywise: Clearly the stuff there is not state of the art, but one has to remember that Varyag is a 70s/80s design and commissioned about 1990.
To help align your expectations, try this:
In the above link you can find some relatively recent photos of an Asagiri and its bridge, a ship of similar vintage by one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world.
In the level of apparent electronization, Varyag doesn’t look too bad, does it? I was actually pleasantly surprised they had what was on the page.
As a former USN sailor I always like to see Russian Navy photos. It is interesting to compare what is different and what is the same.
I’m a US Soldier, so ships are a bit foreign to me but she certainly is a good looking vessel with an impressive array of weapons. I’d still like to see the US and Russia become closer friends in the future.
Those keys on the comand center computer are quite large, the captain must have very large fingers.
Full steam ahead to Syria/Iran…
@Brad – more likely he would be wearing gloves, given the likelihood of Russian ships patrolling in the Arctic.
@Emperor Norton – presumably the painting is 1904, the original Varyag fighting her way out of Incheon in the Battle of Chemulpo Bay.
@Yubin Yankinov – along with the tanker Irkut (shown refuelling in pic 2), (s)he made a port call in Vancouver November 8-11 2011 as part of the Armistice commemorations.
Thanks for the pics, always interesting to see how other navies do things.
We all hope they get back to happy families before anyone super important dies, but if they don’t, long live their past contributions which have made our lives so much more bearable and interesting.
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