Russian missile cruiser arrives at Vietnam’s Cam Ranh Bay


Updated : 04/28/2017 12:20 GMT + 7

The Russian Navy guided missile cruiser Varyag arrived at Cam Ranh Bay in south-central Vietnam on Thursday for a goodwill visit.

The cruiser, captained by Lieutenant Colonel Alexey Yurevich Ulyanenko and manned by a crew of 642 naval men, is being escorted by the medium-sized sea tanker Pechanga and the rescue tugboat Fotiy Krylov.

The ships are scheduled to visit Vietnam for five days, during which naval officers will participate in activities to solidify collaborative efforts in defense and maritime security between the two strategic partners.

On Thursday afternoon, commanding officers from the Russian fleet paid a visit to a monument dedicated to the sacrifices made by fallen Soviet, Russian, and Vietnamese soldiers to safeguard regional peace and stability.

The Russian officers also paid courtesy visits to authorities in the southern province of Khanh Hoa and local naval units.

During their five-day visit, the Russian naval soldiers will hold artistic and sporting events with members of the Vietnamese Navy stationed at the port.

​Tàu tuần dương tên lửa Nga ghé cảng quốc tế Cam Ranh

Commanding officers of the Varyag, leaders of Cam Ranh Port, and Khanh Hoa officials take a group photo in front of the Varyag. Photo: Tuoi Tre

​Tàu tuần dương tên lửa Nga ghé cảng quốc tế Cam Ranh

Senior officials of Cam Ranh Port and Khanh Hoa’s Department of Foreign Affairs present commanding officers of Varyag with flowers. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Laid down in 1979 as the Chervona Ukraina (“Red Ukraine”), the ship was officially launched in July 1983, and commissioned to the Russian Navy on 16 October 1989.

The warship joined Russia’s Pacific Fleet in 1990 and became the fleet’s flagship in 1996 after being renamed to its current name, Varyag.

The guided missile cruiser boasts a loaded displacement of 11,490 metric tons and measures 186.4 meters in length, 20.8 meters in beam, and 8.4 meters in draft.

The warship can travel at a maximum speed of 32 knots per hour (59 km/h), covering a range of up to 7,500 nautical miles (13,200 kilometers).

The vessel is armed with 16 P-500 Bazalt anti-ship missiles with warheads weighing up to 1,000 kilograms and a blast yield of 300 kilotons.

Varyag is also armed with two OSA-MA surface-to-air missile systems.

Cam Ranh International Seaport is a key port facility located in Cam Ranh Bay, a deep-water harbor in south-central Vietnam along the East Vietnam Sea.

The port opened last year and has since seen visits from a number of countries, including Japan, the U.S., France, and China.

​Tàu tuần dương tên lửa Nga ghé cảng quốc tế Cam Ranh

The Russian guided missile cruiser Varyag (L) and rescue tugboat Fotiy Krylov arrive at Cam Ranh International Seaport in Khanh Hoa Province, April 27, 2017. Photo: Tuoi Tre

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About Trần Đình Hoành

I am an attorney in the Washington DC area, with a Doctor of Law in the US, attended the master program at the National School of Administration of Việt Nam, and graduated from Sài Gòn University Law School. I aso studied philosophy at the School of Letters in Sài Gòn. I have worked as an anti-trust attorney for Federal Trade Commission and a litigator for a fortune-100 telecom company in Washington DC. I have taught law courses for legal professionals in Việt Nam and still counsel VN government agencies on legal matters. I have founded and managed businesses for me and my family, both law and non-law. I have published many articles on national newspapers and radio stations in Việt Nam. In 1989 I was one of the founding members of US-VN Trade Council, working to re-establish US-VN relationship. Since the early 90's, I have established and managed VNFORUM and VNBIZ forum on VN-related matters; these forums are the subject of a PhD thesis by Dr. Caroline Valverde at UC-Berkeley and her book Transnationalizing Viet Nam. I translate poetry and my translation of "A Request at Đồng Lộc Cemetery" is now engraved on a stone memorial at Đồng Lộc National Shrine in VN. I study and teach the Bible and Buddhism. In 2009 I founded and still manage on positive thinking and two other blogs on Buddhism. In 2015 a group of friends and I founded website CVD - Conversations on Vietnam Development ( I study the art of leadership with many friends who are religious, business and government leaders from many countries. In October 2011 Phu Nu Publishing House in Hanoi published my book "Positive Thinking to Change Your Life", in Vietnamese (TƯ DUY TÍCH CỰC Thay Đổi Cuộc Sống). In December 2013 Phu Nu Publishing House published my book "10 Core Values for Success". I practice Jiu Jitsu and Tai Chi for health, and play guitar as a hobby, usually accompanying my wife Trần Lê Túy Phượng, aka singer Linh Phượng.

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