It was all pomp and circumstance today down at Piers 30-32 when Russian Guided Missile Cruiser Varyag (Viking, mas o menos) made a courtesy call. See for yourself at Japan Security Watch.
Here she is after coming through the Golden Gate yesterday:
“Russian Federation Navy Missile Cruiser Varyag transits through San Francisco Bay while Coast Guard boat crews provide a security zone around the vessel, Sunday, June 20, 2010. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Pamela J. Manns – 100620-G-7265M-047″
All sorts of government officials went aboard today – people like Mayor Gavin Newsom and elements of every alphabet soup federal agency extant.
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There are some of your 16 huge launch tubes right there:
Then it was all over to Pier 7 or someplace for a ceremony with George P. Shultz and the Russian Ambassador:
They were all addressed by this avuncular Russian cowboy:
(This Rear Admiral has a few medals, huh?)
And then it was time to hit the town and do a little alcohol shopping. Thusly:
Employees at John Walker & Co. store (man, that’s a little too close to Johnnie Walker, don’t you think?) were pleased, to say the least.
Now, if you want to get on this aging cruiser to see how the recent refurbishment went, well, get there early at the foot of Bryant Street on Thursday. It should be a very popular tour (from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM or whatever they decide to do.)