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  • Phelps Hobart
    From: usmcable6@sbcglobal.net Sent: 6/19/2010 Subj: Change in time for Russian wreath laying Cmdr John Merli, 3rd Fleet, just called to say that the wreath
    Message 1 of 2 , Jun 19, 2010
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      From: usmcable6@...
      Sent: 6/19/2010
      Subj: Change in time for Russian wreath laying
       
      Cmdr John Merli, 3rd Fleet, just called to say that the wreath laying ceremony scheduled for 1200 on June 22 2010 has been delayed for 30 minutes because of a meeting with the Mayor, that will end at 1130.

      Please pass the word.

      Note: the wreath ceremony will take place at USS SAN FRANCISCO (CA 38) Memorial, Land's End, San Francisco.

       
       

      Japan, Russia and U.S. warships to dock in San Francisco

       

      Saturday, June 19, 2010

      San Francisco will host sailors from three different navies this weekend, including a port call by a U.S. cruiser, a Japanese training squadron and a rare visit by a Russian guided missile cruiser.

      All the ships - except the cruiser USS Bunker Hill - will be open for public tours next week.

      The first vessels to arrive will be three ships from the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force, as the Japanese navy is called. The three, led by the training vessel Kashima, are expected at the Golden Gate Bridge around 12:30 p.m. today. They will anchor in the bay and tie up Monday at Pier 27 on the Embarcadero. A welcome ceremony, open to the public, will be held Monday at 9:30 a.m.

      The Japanese ships will be open to the public that day from 9 to 11 a.m. and from 2 to 4 p.m.

      The USS Bunker Hill will sail under the Golden Gate Bridge at 2:30 p.m. today and will tie up at Pier 17. The ship will not be open to the public.

      The Russian guided missile cruiser Varyag is expected under the Golden Gate Bridge about 1 p.m. Sunday. It will dock at Pier 30-32, south of the Bay Bridge about 2 p.m.

      Though Russian commercial ships and smaller research and Russian coast guard vessels have called at San Francisco Bay, no Russian warship as large as a cruiser has visited San Francisco in many years.

      The Varyag will be open to the public on Thursday, probably from about 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


      Russian warship to visit San Francisco
      http://articles.sfgate.com/2010-06-11/bay-area/21905041_1_russian-warship-russian-far-east-california-ports
       
      June 11, 2010 | By Carl Nolte, Chronicle Staff Writer

      A Russian warship will pay a rare visit to San Francisco later this month.

      The guided missile cruiser Varyag left Vladivostok on June 4 bound for San Francisco and will arrive on June 20 for a five-day stay.

      The cruiser sailed in company with the Russian navy tanker Boris Butoma and the salvage tug Fotiy Krylov. It was not clear whether these two ships will accompany the Varyag to San Francisco.

      The Russian ships are commanded by Rear Adm. Vladimir Kasatonov, and the purpose of the visit, which may include other California ports, is to promote U.S.-Russian military cooperation, according to a spokesman for the Russian Pacific Fleet.

      No one at the port of San Francisco could remember the last time a Russian naval vessel visited the West Coast, though merchant ships from the Russian Far East occasionally call at San Francisco Bay.

      June 20 will be a busy day on the San Francisco waterfront. Three Japanese Self-Defense Force vessels, all warships, are expected that day. If all six vessels arrive that day, it will be the largest number of foreign warships to call at San Francisco in many years.


      Russian missile cruiser ready to visit San Francisco

       
      The Varyag is a Slava class missile cruiser, designed as a surface strike ship with some anti-air and ASW capability
       
      The Varyag is a Slava class missile cruiser, designed as a surface strike ship with some anti-air and ASW capability
      07:46 03/06/2010
      © RIA Novosti. Vitaliy Ankov
       
       

      A task force from the Russian Pacific Fleet led by the missile cruiser Varyag will set sail on June 4 on a friendly visit to the United States, the fleet's spokesman said on Thursday.

      The naval group, which also includes the Fotiy Krylov salvage tug and the Boris Butoma tanker, will make a port call in San Francisco during a month-long voyage.

      "During a visit to San Francisco the Russian sailors will get acquainted with the city and its history...while San Francisco residents will be able to visit the ship, meet with the crew and listen to the music performed by the Pacific Fleet's orchestra," the official said.

      The Varyag is a Slava class missile cruiser, designed as a surface strike ship with some anti-air and ASW capability. The sixteen SS-N-12 Sandbox nuclear-capable supersonic anti-ship missiles are mounted in four pairs on either side of the superstructure, giving the ship a distinctive appearance.

      NATO experts had dubbed Russian combat ships of this class "the killer of aircraft carriers," as it can launch 1,000 kg of high-explosives or a tactical nuclear warhead out to a range of 300 nautical miles.

      In April 2009 the Varyag led a group of 21 foreign naval vessels participating in a parade to mark the 60th anniversary of China's Navy off the coast of the eastern city of Qingdao.

      In November last year the flagship of the Pacific Fleet visited Singapore.


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    • usaseapower
      Russian warship makes rare S.F. appearance http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi f=/c/a/2010/06/22/BAVP1E2O3N.DTL See 16 photographs. Carl Nolte, Chronicle
      Message 2 of 2 , Jun 22, 2010
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        Russian warship makes rare S.F. appearance

        http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi f=/c/a/2010/06/22/BAVP1E2O3N.DTL

        See 16 photographs.

        Carl Nolte, Chronicle Staff Writer | Tuesday, June 22, 2010

        The first Russian surface warship to visit San Francisco in 147 years is docked on the Embarcadero this week on a visit that combines friendship, history and a display of military power.

        The ship is the cruiser Varyag, a sleek gray vessel that is the flagship of Russia's Pacific fleet. It made the two-week voyage from Vladivostok in the spirit of friendship, as Russian Rear Adm. Vladimir Kastonov said more than once during a news conference aboard the ship at Pier 30-32 on Monday.

        The ship's visit also commemorates a nearly forgotten bit of Russian-American history. Czar Alexander II sent a fleet to San Francisco and New York in 1863 during the American Civil War to show support for the union.

        That Russian squadron, six ships commanded by a rear admiral, spent several months in San Francisco Bay. It was a difficult time for the United States - the British were considering recognizing the Confederacy, the French were about to send an army to Mexico, and the Confederate Navy had ideas about the Pacific.

        Not only that, Russian sailors helped fight a huge fire in San Francisco and six of them died. A plaque honoring the sailors was dedicated Tuesday afternoon at Broadway and the Embarcadero.

        "We have a very, very rich history," Kastonov said.

        That may be, but it took more than a century for another Russian Navy warship to sail to what Kastonov called "your very beautiful coast and beautiful city." A Russian submarine came here during World War II, and an occasional Russian research ship, but that was it.

        In between, of course, was the Cold War, a period when San Francisco was ringed with Nike missile batteries and the bay was full of U.S. Navy ships all designed to head off a Soviet attack that never came.

        Monday, the Russians were pleased to show off their ship, including the menacing missile tubes that house 16 cruise missiles able to hit enemy warships more than 3,400 miles away. There is also an assortment of anti-aircraft missiles and a conventional twin-barrel gun in a turret that can fire 90 rounds of ammunition in a minute.

        The mission of the Russian fleet, Kastonov said, "is to prevent piracy, particularly in the Gulf of Aden (near Somalia) and to prevent acts of terrorism."

        "We work together with the United States forces in this region," the admiral said.

        Capt. Eduard Moskalenko, the Varyag's commander, said his father was commander of a submarine in the Soviet era, but the Varyag is not your father's Russian ship. For one thing, a religious icon is mounted in a place of honor in the wardroom, unthinkable in the Communist era. For another, it has a small "relaxation room", where crew members can consult with a psychologist.

        The room features comfortable couches, a tropical fish tank and two parrots, which liaison officer Lt. Artyoma Yakovnev said were named Pirate and Sailor.

        On Wednesday, the Varyag's crew will participate in a cookout and sports competition with sailors from the U.S. Navy cruiser Bunker Hill, which is also in port.

        Members of the public can tour the Varyag from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday. The ship sails Friday for Vladivostok.
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        --- In PCR-NLUS@yahoogroups.com, "Phelps Hobart" <nlsac@...> wrote:

        From: usmcable6@...
        Sent: 6/19/2010
        Subj: Change in time for Russian wreath laying

        Cmdr John Merli, 3rd Fleet, just called to say that the wreath laying ceremony scheduled for 1200 on June 22 2010 has been delayed for 30 minutes because of a meeting with the Mayor, that will end at 1130.

        Please pass the word.

        Note: the wreath ceremony will take place at USS SAN FRANCISCO (CA 38) Memorial, Land's End, San Francisco.

        Japan, Russia and U.S. warships to dock in San Francisco
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