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:
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.)