After Normal Repairs, Guards Guided Missile Cruiser Varyag Got Underway

After Normal Repairs, Guards Guided Missile Cruiser Varyag Got Underway

The normal repairs of the flagship of the Pacific Fleet of the Russian Navy, the guided missile cruiser Varyag, were completed over last weekend.  The work was performed by the Dalzavod Ship Repair Center. These days the cruiser is battle ready. 


According to Captain Alexander Potapov, the cruiser underwent dry-docking repairs, armament equipment repairs, and servicing in the allotted time; everything was performed on schedule and to a high standard. All the scheduled maintenance required for an extended ocean tour was conducted.The Pacific Fleet command plans to dispatch the guided missile cruiser Varyag to the remote Pacific Ocean in the next few months of 2013 during which time she will visit a few foreign ports of the Asia Pacific countries.


A squadron of the Russian Pacific Fleet composed of the large submarine hunter Marshal Shaposhnikov, the sea oil tanker Irkut, and the rescue tug Alatau, completed months-long operations and returned to Vladivostok on the same days. The ships of the squadron also went through routine repairs at the Dalzavod Ship Repair Center prior to their distant deployment. During the deployment in two oceans the Russian Pacific Fleet ships and vessels travelled more than 21,000 nautical miles with the machinery performing effortlessly and faultlessly.


Background Information


The Dalzavod Ship Repair Center is the primary repair facility for the surface ships of the Russian Pacific Fleet and diesel-electric submarines. The original Dalzavod and a few numbered shipyards formed the core of the company established by the Far Eastern Shipbuilding and Ship Repair Center. FESRC continuously succeeds in meeting the goal set for it by the Russian Federation leadership—to sustain the combat readiness capabilities of the Russian Pacific Fleet. Simultaneously it upgrades the current facilities to repair future weapons and military equipment. 


Background Information


The guards cruiser Varyag is a Soviet and Russian guided missile cruiser, the third ship of the 1164 Atlant design, and the flagship of the Russian Pacific Fleet. The cruiser was built by the Nikolev shipyard, named after 61 Communards. Varyag’s keel was laid in 1979, and she was launched in 1983 and commissioned on October 16, 1989. The cruiser was christened Chervona Ukraina. Her name was changed to Varyag in 1996. Varyag has been the flagship of the Russian Pacific Fleet since 2002.

Guided Missile Cruiser Varyag Putting to Sea