"Varyag", Russian cruiser, had a fascinating, rich and sad history. She will always be the pride of the Russian fleet.
Varyag used to be an Admiral Kuznetsov class multirole aircraft carrier of the Soviet Union. She was built in 1898 in Philadelphia and given to the fleet of the Russian Empire in 1900.
Some investigators believed that initially underdeveloped structure of the boilers and some defects in construction led to considerable decrease of speed which levelled its advantages. It was even decided to return the ship back to its constructors for repairing. However, in 1903 Varyag developed speed equal to the one shown during trial studies.