Forgot password?
submarines shipbuilding Black Sea Fleet exercise Pacific Fleet Russian Navy Northern Fleet strategy cooperation Ukraine visits Russia piracy missiles trials Sevastopol history Sevmash presence contracts drills Baltic Fleet industry incident anti-piracy shipyards Gulf of Aden frigate training Somalia India developments reforms opinion Borei procurements policy Russia - India aircraft carrier Crimea arms exports USA St. Petersburg France tests financing Bulava Yury Dolgoruky US Navy Serdiukov cruise Mediterranean Zvezdochka NATO innovations United Shipbuilding Corporation Indian Navy Medvedev Arctic agreements commission Admiralteyskie Verfi Admiral Gorshkov Vladivostok Mistral accident hijacking corvettes overhaul Admiral Kuznetsov anniversary Russia - France Vysotsky Rosoboronexport ceremony event Yantar Severomorsk negotiations defense order conflict aircraft China deployment naval aviation investigations Black Sea Putin Varyag coast guard Novorossiysk Vikramaditya landing craft crime Far East marines Severnaya Verf meeting scandals memorials traditions Syria statistics Japan escort South Korea Yasen Neustrashimy tenders Marshal Shaposhnikov Admiral Chabanenko convoys Ukrainian Navy problems Severodvinsk Chirkov reinforcement tension firings tragedy technology Baltic Sea search and rescue Almaz Moskva frontier service Caspian Flotilla provocation hostages upgrade court Dmitry Donskoy keel laying rumors Turkey World War II death shipwreck Admiral Panteleyev Atalanta Petr Veliky helicopters Kilo class Kaliningrad Admiral Vinogradov Norway Rubin delivery launching patrols
Our friends russian navy weapons world sailing ships
Tell a friend Print version

Cruiser Varyag Starts Long-Range Cruise

Cruiser Varyag Starts Long-Range Cruise 20.09.2011
Text: Pacific Fleet Information Support Group
Photo: Cruiser Varyag. Pacific Fleet Information Support Group
After termination of large-scale exercise held by Eastern Military District, Pacific Fleet (PF) Guard missile cruiser Varyag sailed off Kamchatka to start a long-range cruise. The crew is going to pay unofficial visits to Japan, the US, and Canada.

Basic objective of the visits is strengthening of naval cooperation with abovementioned countries and demonstration of the St. Andrew's Flag in Asian-Pacific region.

Apart from Varyag, the task unit headed by Capt 1 rank Sergei Zhuga includes tanker Irkut and sea-going tug MB-66.

Solemn farewell ceremony was held on board Varyag, off the harbor of Petropavlovsk Kamchatsky. Among participants were Northeast Grouping Commander Rear Admiral Konstantin Maklov, PF Primorsk Flotilla Commander Capt 1 rank Viktor Sokolov, and Kamchatka Governor Vladimir Iliukhin; they wished the crew success in the long-range ocean cruise. Varyag's commanding officer Eduard Moskalenko assured the guests that sailors were absolutely ready for the mission. In the end, Vladimir Iliukhin handed over gifts to the crewmen.

At first, PF mariners will call at the port of Maizuru, Japan. Upon termination of the visit, Russian servicemen will hold a search-and-rescue exercise jointly with Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force.

Then the PF task unit will lay a course for Guam Island, the US. Along with their American colleagues, Russian mariners will conduct the Pacific Eagle 2011 exercise off Mariana Islands. This is going to be the second visit of our warships to Guam Island throughout Russia's recent history. The first one was paid in March 2006 by large ASW ship Marshal Shaposhnikov.

At final stage of the cruise, Russian ships will pay unofficial call at the port of Vancouver, Canada. They are expected to return to PF main naval base Vladivostok early in Dec 2011.

Back to the list

Related Information: